Fast bowler Ashok Dinda has announced retirement from all forms of cricket. The veteran fast bowler was a consistent performer in domestic cricket and also went on to represent India. Dinda played 13 ODIs and 9 T20I in which he picked 12 and 17 wickets respectively.
The seasoned fast bowler wasn’t able to have a long international career but continued to win matches for Bengal in domestic cricket. Overall he played 416 first-class matches in which he picked 416 wickets. Dinda represented Bengal for 10 years before a fallout with coach Ranadeb Bose strained his relations. Later on, he played for Goa and stayed a prolific performer in first-class cricket.
Ashok Dinda Retires From All Forms Of Cricket
Today the seasoned fast bowler final called it a day and thanked everyone who contributed to his career. Dinda gave a special mention to Sourav Ganguly who recognised him to play for Bengal way back in 2005.
“Playing for India is everybody’s aim, I played for Bengal that’s why I got the chance to represent India. I thank the BCCI for giving me an opportunity to play for India. Senior players like Deep Das Gupta, Rohan Gavaskar guided me when I played for Bengal. I got the support every time I picked a wicket,” Dinda said to the media.
“I would like to say special thanks to Sourav Ganguly, I remember in 2005-06, Sourav Ganguly picked me in the 16-member team, I debuted against Maharashtra. I am forever in the debt to Dada, he always supported me. I have decided to call time on my career here in Bengal”, he said.
Meanwhile, Dinda made his India debut under the captaincy of MS Dhoni when he played a T20I match against Sri Lanka in 2009. He represented Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors and Rising Pune Supergiant in his IPL career. He played 78 IPL matches in which he picked 68 wickets with his best figures being 4 for 18 against Mumbai Indians.