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Three ducks for Viv Richards
Viv Richards is probably the only batsman to be out for a duck
three times in a match. This incident is narrated in his own
biography. Richards was a huge star in Antigua and the entire
island had come to St. John's Park to see play a Red Stripe
Antigua batted first and the crowd politely applauded
the openers' efforts while waiting for one of them to make a
mistake. Soon enough one did and the entire crowd exploded when
their favourite son stepped out to bat.
First ball, Richards
nicked a catch to the keeper. The umpire had no difficulty in
deciding and a disappointed Richards made his way slowly back
to the dressing room. But he didn't reach it. The crowd,
stunned by their holiday entertainment being nipped in the
bud like this, went wild and pressurized the umpire into
revoking his decision.
Reluctantly, Richards came back. Not
for long, though. Soon he was dismissed again and the crowd,
perhaps a little ashamed at their behaviour , let it go at
Richards however, had a little more disappontment left in
the game for him- the second time around he made another duck!