Last Updated on September 17, 2022
Fact checked by: Jesse M Cox
It is a highly embarrassing scenario for a batsman but something that all bowlers strive to achieve, and all batsmen try to avoid.
Bowlers will often try to take advantage of a new batter at the crease as they often take time to warm into their innings making the risk of a golden duck play on the batsman’s mind.
Although they are rare, top bookmakers allow for bets on golden ducks nonetheless.
Betting on a golden duck can be quite a niche cricket betting market but can be backed when looking at type of dismissal for a batsman.
For example, if you backed Alistair Cook to score no runs in an innings you may be able to back him to be dismissed with the first ball of his innings which would be a golden duck.
The odds on these are often quite long as a golden duck is a rare occurrence in professional cricket and perhaps a market that is more based on luck.
Most batsman will be happy to play a defensive shot from their first ball so as to get the bowlers range before committing to scoring shots.
Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has been dismissed with the first ball he has faced more than any other cricketer, with 14 golden ducks to his name.
That means 8.54% of all Muralitharan’s dismissals were with the first ball in the 164 innings he has played.
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