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'Duck-back': Indian batsmen equal record zeros in 1 innings

With six of their batsmen getting out without scoring at Old Trafford on Thursday, India has now equalled the world record of having the highest number of ducks in an innings along with South Africa and Bangladesh

Manchester: The Indian team on Thursday earned the dubious distinction of being owners of an ignominous statistic with six of their batsmen getting out without scoring thereby equalling the record number of six ducks in a single Test inning by an international team.

India now jointly hold the record for highest number of ducks in an innings along with South Africa and Bangladesh.

Thursday saw Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pankaj Singh all going back without troubling the scorers while Gautam Gambhir (4) and Varun Aaron (1 no) didn't reach double figures.

This is the first time in 82 years that six Indian batsmen were dismissed for zero in an innings as the visitors danced to Stuart Broad’s (6-21) tune. 

Cheteshwar PujaraCheteshwar Pujara walks back to the pavillion following his dismissal for nought during the first day of the fourth Test match between England and India at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday. Pic/AFP

Only three batsmen -- skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (71), Ajinkya Rahane (24) and Ravichandran Ashwin (40) had respectable scores against their names.

The last time that India had five batsmen out for duck was during the 1952 series at Headingley, when England won by seven wickets inside four days.

Pankaj Roy, Dattaji Rao Gaekwad, Madhav Mantri, Vijay Manjrekar and Gulab Ramchand were out for duck in a total score of 165 in the second innings of that Test match. India were 0/4 at one stage with Fred Trueman and Alec Bedser running riot. 

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