Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda has announced retirement from all formats of cricket on Tuesday. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) also confirmed the development on their official Facebook account.
“I am today retiring from all formats of cricket. I have sent the mails to BCCI and GCA to this effect. There have been several people who have helped me throughout my career whom I would like to thank beginning with my parents. Then it’s Dada (Sourav Ganguly). It is because of him that I got to play for Bengal and when as skipper he stood at mid-off he would always guide and encourage me,” Ashok Dinda said while addressing the media.
Ashok Dinda is a veteran of the Bengal team, who is known for his consistency and success in First-class cricket, and the white-ball format of the game. Moreover, he also played for India in the limited-overs cricket but failed to cement his place on the national side.
In the domestic circuit, he is considered as the bulwark of seam bowling of Bengal team. He has played for the team for over 15 years.
Dinda made his first-class debut for the domestic side in 2005 and garnered praises from all around. He successfully went on to play 116 matches, spearheading the bowling attacks for the team. He has picked up 420 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 3.09, including 26 fifers and five 10-wicket hauls.
The 36-year old has starred in 157 T20s and 98 List A games, amassing 151 wickets in each. He was also picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2008 season of the India Premier League (IPL).
Dinda has also represented the Indian national side in 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is.
“The contribution of Ashoke is enormous. He is one of the best fast bowlers we have produced. He will be remembered for his ability to take wickets and win matches, bowl long spells and he never says die spirit. He is welcome to be associated with CAB in some form as and when he wants. We wish him best in his life beyond cricket,” CAB President Avishek Dalmiya said.