Veteran Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda on Tuesday, announced retirement from all forms of cricket. Dinda who has been a consistent bowler on domestic front in Indian cricket for over one and a half decade, has decided to bid adieu to cricket.
Dinda has taken 420 first-class wickets, and also played 13 One-Day Internationals and nine T20s for India while taking 12 and 17 wickets respectively. He has also given his fine contribution to teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors India in the cash-rich tournament, Indian Premier League.
Dinda moved to Goa this season and played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20, but soon realised that his body did not allow him to play as he used to. “I could have played on. But maybe due to this lockdown. I found myself struggling a bit. Hence, I thought it’s time to call it a day,” Dinda stated.
Adding further he said, “I wanted to take 500 wickets but perhaps it was not to be,”
He called himself a victim of politics, he had announced last year that he would not play for Bengal, who was a runners-up in the 2019-2020 season. But turned up for the Ranji season.
This was after Dinda was dropped by Bengal after a fall-out with bowling coach Ranadeb Bose. He was accused of publicly abusing Bose and creating a tiff within the team.