India’s veteran pacer Ashoke Dinda on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Ashoke Dinda Announces Retirement
The bowler in a press conference at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said, “I am today retiring from all formats of cricket. I have sent the mails to BCCI and GCA to this effect”.
The 36-year-old, who earned his maiden first-class cap against Maharashtra in November 2005, played 116 first-class matches and ended up with 420 wickets at an average of just over 28.
Congratulations on an incredible career. One of the finest pacers to come out of Bengal. Very very underrated! @dindaashoke
Enjoy the next innings of your life! 😊
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— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 2, 2021
Dinda Thanks 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.
CAB’s Sent off
He was presented with a silver plaque and a bouquet and was thanked for his contribution by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya, secretary Snehashis Ganguly and 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 said.
Ashoke Dinda Cricket Carrier
Dinda recorded his best figures in first-class cricket (8 for 123) against North Zone in the 2011-12 season. He also bagged 151 wickets in List A cricket and 151 scalps in the T20 format. Dinda also went on to play 13 ODIs and nine T20Is for India, picking up 12 and 17 scalps in those two formats respectively.
In the IPL, Dinda represented Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the now-defunct Pune Warriors and Rising Pune Supergiant.
He played 78 IPL matches across 10 editions and picked up 68 wickets with a best of 4/18 against five-time champions Mumbai Indians.