Former India and Bengal fast bowler Ashok Dinda has begun the new chapter of his life after retiring from international cricket. It has emerged that Ashok Dinda has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kolkata. Union Minister Babul Supriyo and state BJP vice-president Arjun Singh inducted the former paceman at a public meeting in Kolkata.
Ashok Dinda bid adieu to international cricket eight years after playing his last match for the Indian national team. The 36-year old represented India in 13 ODIs and nine T20Is, having debuted in 2009. He picked up 12 ODI wickets at 51 and 17 scalps in the shortest format at an incredible average of 14.41. Despite not playing much international cricket, Dinda was a permanent fixture in Bengal’s Ranji team.
He featured in 116 first-class fixtures and snared 420 scalps at 28.28 alongside 26 fifers and 19 four-wicket hauls. The right-arm speedster was also part of as much as five franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL), playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Rising Pune Supergiants.
He snapped 69 scalps in 78 games at 30.04 with his last of it coming it way back in 2017. Ashok Dinda’s induction to the BJP arrives ahead of the Assembly elections. The elections for the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal comprises of 294 seats will occur this year as the current tenure finishes on the 30th of May.