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Sunil Ambris’ tryst with hit-wicket continues, achieves another rare feat

West Indian batsman Sunil Ambris became the first player in the history of cricket to be dismissed hit-wicket twice in his first Two Tests.

cricket Updated: Dec 10, 2017 17:15 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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West Indies' Sunil Ambris was dismissed hit-wicket for the second time against New Zealand on Sunday.(AFP)

It seems like there is no end to West Indian batsman Sunil Ambris’ tryst with hit wickets. It was only a few days back when he earned a dubious distinction of becoming the first player in the history of cricket to be dismissed hit-wicket for a first-ball duck on debut against New Zealand in Wellington.

Batting only for the third time in his fortnight-long international career, Ambris was dismissed hit-wicket for the second time in the ongoing second Test between New Zealand and West Indies in Hamilton on Sunday.

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The rookie batsman could score only two runs off 10 balls before stepping onto his stumps while facing Kiwi pacer Trent Boult. The embarrassing dismissal earned him another unwanted first. The 24-year old became the only player in the Test history to be out hit-wicket twice in his first two matches. He has also become the fourth player to do so in back-to-back Tests.

Former English batsman, Denis Compton, owns the most number of hit-wicket dismissals (5) in Tests while Ambris has taken the joint-third position on the unwanted list in a very short span of time.

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Between these two hit-wicket dismissals, he played another innings in his debut Test where he became the third player in Test history to score his first career runs with a six.

Meanwhile, the West Indies closed the second day’s play at 215/8, trailing the hosts by 158 runs in the first innings. New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after notching up an innings and 67-run victory over the visitors in the first Test at the Basin Reserve.

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 17:15 IST