Indian fast bowler Ashok Dinda who retired recently had owed all his success to former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for having a massive influence on his career. Ashok Dinda had a great Ranji career and he was leading the bowling attack for Bengal for so many years. He first came through the scene when he played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural edition and was really impressive.
Ashok Dinda has represented India in 13 ODIs and 9 T20s taking 12 and 17 wickets respectively. His best figures of 4 for 19 came in a T20 international against Sri Lanka. He last played for India in 2013 against England and hasn’t made it to the squad after that. He recently lamented about not being able to play for India in tests and told that it would have satisfied him a lot more than now.
Sourav Ganguly Had A Massive Influence On Him Tells Ashok Dinda
Ashok Dinda has told that Ganguly had taught him everything on the aspects of bowling. He told that Ganguly has a major influence on his career and he owes all his wickets to the former Indian captain. Ganguly had taught Dinda about the grip position, new ball bowling and Dinda told that he has followed it up for the next 12 years every time he runs in, to bowl.
“From the correct grip to wrist position to many other minute aspects of bowling, I have learned so much from Dada (Sourav Ganguly). He has been outstanding, and he has done a lot for me. I owe all my wickets to his pieces of advice.
“He was a massive influence on my bowling. In 2009, at Eden Gardens, he showed me the bowling grip I followed all my career, which I also share with youngsters.
“Dada told me that our leather ball is four-piece. He showed me a grip and the right finger position to get the ball’s measure. It’s more useful once the ball loses its newness and the shape alters. I got the advice instilled in my head and for the next 12 years and followed it every time I ran in to bowl,” recalled Ashok Dinda.
Zaheer Khan’s Guidance For Ashoke Dinda
Ashok Dinda told that Zaheer Khan was another ‘big influence’ and the left-arm pacer has guided him about the seam position. Dinda practiced the new trick and had enjoyed bowling with the new seam position. He was happy to land everything the way he wanted it.
“During an ODI series, I was bowling, and the ball wasn’t landing on the seam. Zaheer Khan showed me a small trick on perfecting the seam position. I kept practicing that all day and I enjoyed bowling after that. Everything was landing the way I wanted. Zaheer-Bhai was another big influence,” Ashok Dinda added.
Ashok Dinda will go down as one of the domestic kings of all time with 417 wickets in his first-class career and has 26 five-wicket hauls to his name.