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IPL’s lost talent! Ashoke Dinda: An IPL veteran who has now joined the commentary box


Ashok Dinda

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) had a drastic IPL season in 2016 under skipper MS Dhoni. But the one player who stood out was fast bowler Ashok Dinda. The Bengal fast bowler with an unusual jump before delivering the ball and famous headband finished the 2016 season 11 wickets from 9 matches. In last season, Dinda played 3 matches and managed to get only 1 wicket.

Dinda was spotted by a coach Atal Dev Burman in Kolkata after bowling a few overs in the nets. Dinda stayed at Burman’s house for four years and honed his skills. Dinda made his first-class debut for Bengal in 2005-06. He was also a regular member of the Ranji team which made to the finals next season but his performance with the ball wasn’t impressive. In the inaugural season of the IPL, Dinda made a late entry for the Kolkata Knight Riders- and is an IPL veteran now. Calling it fate or former India skipper Ganguly’s affection, Dinda found a spot in Pune Warriors in 2012 which was led by Ganguly himself. He then was retained in 2013 however, he had a forgetful time with the ball in the tournament.

Dinda is one of the experienced campaigners in the domestic circuit. Dinda made his international T20 debut against Sri Lanka in 2009 where he managed to take 1 wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya. Following in 2010, Dinda made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe. He gave 49 runs in 7.4 overs but failed to get any wicket. Dinda impressed the BCCI by his performance in the ODI series against Sri Lanka and then in the one and only T20I match against Sri Lanka this August, Dinda took 4/19 at Pallekele. However, he was repeatedly sidelined by the rise of other fast bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Praveen Kumar, yet Dinda has continued rendering service to his state and zonal teams

Now, at this year’s IPL auction, none of the franchise showed any interest to pick him. But no matter, Dinda has found a new role in the edition. Dinda has made official commentary debut. He was signed by the Star Network. As this year, the commentary on the games will be done in six languages, Dinda will be a part of the Bengali coverage of the tournament.