Dinda announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Ashok Dinda has finally decided to call curtains on his cricket career as he officially announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He was one of the most consistent pacers in Indian domestic cricket for close to 15 years.
The right-arm fast bowler played 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is for Team India, bagging 12 and 17 wickets. The pacer also plied his trade in the IPL where he represented Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors.
It is worth mentioning here that he was Bengal’s second most leading wicket-taker after Utpal Chatterjee. He took 420 first-class wickets in just 116 games. The fast bowler has also taken 151 and 146 wickets in 98 List-A games and 144 T20s. Nonetheless, last year he had a quarrel with the coaching staff of Bengal and had made up his mind to move to Goa.
“Today, I am retiring from all formats of cricket. I have sent the mails to BCCI and GCA to this effect,” Dinda said during a media interaction at Eden Gardens.
The pacer was presented with a silver plaque and a bouquet and was appreciated for his on-field contribution by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya, secretary Snehashis Ganguly including joint secretary Debabrata Das.
“The contribution of Dinda is enormous. He is one of the best fast bowlers we have produced. He will be remembered for his ability to take wickets and win matches, bowl long spells and his never-say-die spirit,” Dalmiya added.
While calling curtains on his career, Dinda addressed the reporters in Kolkata and thanked the BCCI and senior players like Deep Dasgupta and Rohan Gavaskar for helping him in enhancing his gameplay.
“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 as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Dinda also thanked BCCI president and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly. “There have been several people who have helped me throughout my career whom I would like to thank beginning with my parents. Then it’s Dada. It was because of him that I got to play for Bengal. I was not in the squad but he included me as a 16th member and handed me a debut,” Dinda remembered.