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Eight ducks gets MSD on the top

Even when he is not scoring, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is breaking records. A dubious piece of statistic has helped Dhoni achieve another 'first' as Indian Test captain. On Saturday, when India lost the Brisbane Test by four wickets, Dhoni scored his eighth Test duck, making him the first Indian captain to score eight or more ducks. The previous Indian record was held by Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who had failed to open his account on seven occasions as skipper.

Interestingly, some of the most successful Test captains are worse than Dhoni's record of zeroes. New Zealander Stephen Fleming, considered by many as one of the best in Test cricket, has 13 zeroes as captain while Graeme Smith of South Africa has 10. Dhoni is 'tied' with Hansie Cronje (South Africa) and Michael Atherton (England). Both were respected Test captains

Dhoni became the 15th wicket-keeper-batsman to score 10 or more ducks in Test cricket. Wasim Bari of Pakistan leads the keeper-batsman list with 19 ducks. Ian Healy (New Zealand) and Mark Boucher (South Africa) have 18 and 17, respectively.