Isuru Udana
Isuru Udana. Credit: Getty Images

Last Update on: September 29th, 2020 at 07:30 pm

Sri Lanka fast-bowler Isuru Udana has paid a rich tribute to former Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda who has been constantly targeted by trolls for nearly a decade now. The trolls did not waste a single opportunity to poke fun at the Bengal legend. What is even more disappointing is that his name is being used even now to troll a bowler whenever he goes for runs in a game.

Ashok Dinda played in the IPL from the inaugural edition in 2008 till 2017 and played for as many as five teams including the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. He made his mark in the early years but struggled as the years passed by.

Ashok Dinda
Ashok Dinda (Credits: Twitter)

And it gave the trolls the opportunity to troll him. Not only that, every time a bowler fails to do well, the trolls call him a ‘part of Dinda academy’ even now. The trolling had reached such a limit that Ashok Dinda himself had to remind the world about his feats in the game last year.

But it has made little difference so far. The ‘Dinda Academy’ jokes do the round on social media every now and then. But while the trolls definitely not know what it takes to become a bowler of the calibre of Ashok Dinda, a fellow bowler always knows that. On Tuesday, Isuru Udana, who made his IPL debut for RCB on Monday, took to Instagram to post a heartwarming message for the former India pacer.

He posted a excerpt from the interview where Ashok Dinda opened up on his struggles and paid his respect, writing:

“This man got more than 400 wickets in first class. Never judge someone without knowing the whole story. You may think you understand, but you don’t.”

Isuru Udana, Ashok Dinda
Isuru Udana’s Instagram story (Credits: Instagram)

Ashok Dinda is indeed a giant in domestic cricket. For Bengal he picked up 339 Ranji Trophy wickets and overall, he has 420 first-class wickets to his name. He has also featured for India in 13 ODIs, taking 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.18 and an average of 51. In the 9 T20Is he played for India, the pace bowlers took 17 wickets at an economy rate of 8.17.

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