Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Thursday equalled an unfortunate record of the most ducks in Indian Premier League history when he was dismissed off his first ball by Ravichandran Ashwin in Dubai.
Ashwin, bowling the 2nd over of Qualifier 1 between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, trapped Rohit plumb in front of the middle stump to send him back on a golden duck to dent the defending champions early on after they were put into bat by Shreyas Iyer.
It was the 13th time that Rohit got out without scoring a run in the IPL, which is the joint-most, and 3rd duck in the playoffs. Chennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Parthiv Patel also have 13 ducks in their IPL careers. (MI vs DC, IPL 2020 Qualifier 1 Live Updates)
Ashwin bowled a flatter delivery on middle and leg-stump, Rohit looked to clip that on the leg side but missed to get hit on the back pad. Ashwin and DC wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant immediately went up in a huge appeal for LBW and the umpire had no hesitation in raising his finer.
Rohit, the 4th highest scorer in IPL history, has a poor record in IPL playoffs - 229 runs from 19 innings at an average of 12.72.
This in fact, was the second successive failure with the bat for Rohit since coming back from a hamstring injury which kept him out of the MI playing XI for 4 games. Kieron Pollard led MI in Rohit's absence. He had managed just 4 in the previous encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad which MI lost by 10 wickets in the final league game of IPL 2020.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) November 5, 2020
MI have made 3 changes to their team for this game with Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Trent Boult coming back in the side in place of Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary and James Pattinson. DC meanwhile, decided to go in with the same team from their previous game.
The winner of Qualifier 1 will qualify for the final on November 10 in Abu Dhabi whereas the loser will get another shot in the second qualifier against either Royal Challengers Bangalore or Sunrisers Hyderabad, who will play the Eliminator on November 6 in Abu Dhabi.