Mongia retires from all forms of cricket


90’s kids know who Dinesh Mongia is. He is a typical left-handed batsman who was a decent performer of the Indian cricket team as he contributed well with the bat and the ball. The former India all-rounder, on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

Mongia retires from all forms of cricket
Dinesh Mongia in action

Mongia who was the member of the Indian team which finished as runner-up in the 2003 World Cup was last seen on the cricket field in the year 2007 for Punjab before he joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and bad news followed him as he was banned by the Board.

The punishment for playing the ICL tournament left Mongia without any official association with the game and thereby he was lost to cricket. Usually, most players banned by the Board for their connection with the ICL were granted an official pardon but Mongia remained the only cricketer who was kept out of the official arena.

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“Those were hard days,” recalled Dinesh Mongia, who took up coaching jobs to stay in touch with the game. Last season, he was made a state selector by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). It was considered “pardon” by Mongia, who wants to play new innings as he has shown interest in coaching assignments now.

From his under-19 debut for Punjab in October 1995, Mongia made a tremendous progress to earn a first-class debut in February 1996. 6 years of consistent cricket in terms of scoring and wicket-taking helped him earn a spot in the Indian team where he first made a debut against Australia in 2001 at Pune.

He finally ended up playing 57 ODIs for India but has never played a Test. His first-class record of 121 matches has 21 centuries to his name. Mongia also plied his trade for Lancashire and Leicestershire.

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