Indian fast bowler Ashok Dinda, who recently announced retirement from all forms of the game, has told that he would have been more satisfied if he had the opportunity to play Tests for India. Ashok Dinda has been a consistent performer for Bengal in the domestic circuit and made his ODI debut for India in 2010 against Zimbabwe. He last played in the Indian colours in 2013 against England in a One day international.
He played for as many as five franchises in IPL and has taken 69 wickets in 78 matches in his IPL career. He was often under scrutiny for giving away a lot of runs and has some of the worst bowling figures in IPL history. He is a totally different bowler in domestic cricket and has been a star for the Bengal team over the years. In international cricket, his memorable performance was against Sri Lanka where he finished with figures of 4-19.
Until I Get The Test Number, I Will Not Sit Quietly – Ashoke Dinda
Dinda specified his desire to have got one opportunity to represent India in tests despite travelling with the squad on several occasions. He added that if he had represented India in tests, he would have been more satisfied now while retiring. He even made a strong point that he had the will power inside to be striving hard and make it to the test team at any cost during his playing days.
“Of course, any cricketer who starts playing (seriously) has a desire for playing for India. After playing for India (in ODI and T20) and taking so many wickets in domestic cricket, there was only one thing in my mind – ‘Until I get the Test number, I will not sit quietly.’ I always had that inside me.”
“In fact, I was picked in the Test team for the India-England series and India-Australia series after taking 59 wickets in domestic cricket. But I never made my Test debut. I was on standby for eight matches but didn’t get a chance to make my debut. If I had got one opportunity in Tests, then maybe I would have been satisfied today,” said Ashok Dinda.
Domestic Kings Who Never Made Indian Debuts
Ashok Dinda mentioned some domestic stalwarts not being able to make the cut into the Indian side like Rajinder Goel and Amol Majumdar. He felt that despite scoring heavily and taking a lot of wickets, Everyone doesn’t have the luck on their side to attain the desired position.
“But honestly there are quite a few players who didn’t play for India but are remembered fondly. Like Rajinder Goel and Amol Majumdar. They never played for India but they were still the domestic kings. They scored tons of runs and took many wickets. Looking at them, you feel everyone doesn’t have the luck to get everything they desire. Then, I feel it’s okay as it has happened with many others,” Ashok Dinda stated.
Ashok Dinda has taken 420 wickets in his domestic career at an average of 28.28 with 26 five-wicket hauls and five 10 wickets match hauls.