New Delhi: Picking up wickets is as much about fortune as it is about out-thinking the opposition batsman. And on Friday, Ashoke Dinda outsmarted the batsmen as he scalped three Pakistan wickets — two in the death overs — to help India beat Pakistan by 11 runs in a humdinger of a T20 match.
Dinda has been on the fringes for a while and with Zaheer Khan opting out of T20s and Umesh Yadav injured, he finally got the opportunity during the England T20 series.
Although he didn’t impress much in the T20 matches against England, he looks to have finally arrived when he held his nerve and bowled a tight line when Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez looked set to take the game away from the hosts.
His most impressive ball had Umar Akmal all at sea as it disturbed the middle stump. Just as the commentators said that Dinda didn’t possess a slower delivery, he showed that he is constantly working on his repertoire.
Although it would be too early to call him the next big thing as far as death bowling is concerned, but he has helped his cause with an impressive showing in the final stages in Ahmedabad. It was a a much improved performance compared to showing in Mumbai against England.
In fact, his last two overs which produced just 12 runs and three wickets, proved to be the deciding factor in a match which Pakistan looked keen on snatching away from India’s hands.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dinda expressed his gratitude for the support he got and was happy to have helped India win such a high-voltage match against arch-rivals Pakistan.
“I want to thank everyone and I am happy with my performance,” is all that Dinda could express as he sounded pleased as punch.
The most impressive thing about Dinda is his attitude.
Be it with the ball in hand or while manning the outfield.
Not only is he ready to run-in fast every single delivery, but also to throw himself in the outfield to save that extra run — a sight not too common with Indian fast bowlers.
Even former captain Sourav Ganguly has been very vocal about his support for the lanky Bengal pacer and felt that he should have been drafted into the Test side during the England series.
“He is definitely one of the best fast bowlers in the country. I would want to see him in the Test line-up in place of Harbhajan Singh,” he had said.
Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary too feels that it is an honour to lead someone as hard working as Dinda.
“It is his attitude towards the game that makes everyone sit up and take note. Even when the chips are down, he will never give up. On a wicket where the ball is not doing anything and you want a player to come up to you and say ‘hand me the ball’ that is Dinda."
“Not only does he have a very big heart, his never-say-die attitude makes him a captain’s delight."
“And the best part is that be it club cricket or international cricket, his commitment towards the game is unparalleled,” he said.
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