Former India batsman Dinesh Mongia, on Tuesday, announced his retirement from all forms of game. The 42-year old left-handed batsman last turned out for the national team way back in 2007. He was a part of the team that made it to the final of the 2003 World Cup against all the odds in South Africa.
Any chance of seeing Dinesh Mongia in the Indian colours ended when he decided to play in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2008. The BCCI had refused to recognise the ICL as a cricket league and had come down hard on the players who had played in it. And Dinesh Mongia did fail to force his way back into the Indian team again. A number of players including Ambati Rayudu were given amnesty by the BCCI but Mongia could not get a recall from the Indian team.
Dinesh Mongia His only ODI century came against Zimbabwe in 2002, where he scored an unbeaten 159. He never played a Test match for the side, but played in India’s first-ever T20I against South Africa in 2006. Dinesh Mongia scored 38 as India chased 127 to beat the Proteas.
He made his ODI debut against Australia in 2001. He also went on to play in the County, representing Lancashire and Leicestershire. In 121 first-class matches, he scored 8028 runs at an average of 48.95. However, his stint in the Indian Cricket League remained his final appearance as a player on the field.
Last year, he joined Punjab Cricket Association as a state selector.. According to Sportstar, Dinesh Mongia now wants to take up coaching assignments.