Manchester, Aug 7: India achieved a first in their Test history and also equalled the world record. But it is not a feat to be celebrated.
India had a dubious distinction of registering 6 ducks in the same Test innings. This unwanted record came today against England on the opening day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
MS Dhoni-led India were bundled out for just 152 runs in 46.4 overs and in this sorry scorecard included six batsmen departing to the pavilion without scoring. Paceman Stuart Broad was the wrecker-in-chief with 6/25 in 13.4 overs.
This is only the fourth time in the history of 2,134 (including today's) Tests that six batsmen have failed to open their account in the same innings.
Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pankaj Singh were the 6 Indian batsmen who scored ducks on Thursday.
Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh are the three other teams to be in this 6-duck club. Only consolation for India is that they registered the highest team score among the four. The previous worst for India was 5 ducks in the same innings.
In overcast conditions, Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. But his decision backfired as India were reeling at 8 for 4 (all four wickets fell at same score) in just 5.1 overs. Three in the top-four departed for ducks.
Only Dhoni managed to defy the English bowling attack with a gutsy knock of 71 runs. He was the ninth batsman to be dismissed. He had walked into bat in the sixth over.
India's 6 ducks in this innings
Murali Vijay c Alastair Cook b James Anderson 0 (14 balls)
Cheteshwar Pujara c Chris Jordan b Stuart Broad 0 (6)
Virat Kohli c Cook b Anderson 0 (2)
Ravindra Jadeja LBW b Anderson 0 (7)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Broad 0 (6)
Pankaj Singh b Broad 0 (3)
Previous instances of 6 ducks in same innings
Pakistan - Vs West Indies (Karchi, 1980)
South Africa - Vs India (Ahmedabad, 1996)
Bangladesh - Vs West Indies (Dhaka, 2002)