Calcutta (The Telegraph): Ashok Dinda’s form this season has been second to none. Keeping up the consistency, the Bengal speedster was once again the show-stealer on Sunday when he played a key role in destroying Central Zone’s batting line-up in the Duleep Trophy final, being played in Indore.
Dinda’s occasional forays into the national team have not been memorable. But he is eagerly hoping that his current form will hold him in good stead when the national selectors
meet for selecting the team for the upcoming Asia Cup.
“Everyone hopes to play for the national team… I am in perfect shape and good form. So, I hope that my performance gets recognised,” Dinda said.
In the ongoing season, Dinda has snared a total of 56 wickets and has been in ominous form for his team.
But the gritty pacer is not one to give up easily. “Even if I don’t get selected, I will not get disheartened… The snub will, in fact, motivate me to do well and work harder,” he said.
Dinda reminded that he does not want to get distracted by thinking too much about the future. For now, Dinda wants to concentrate on the job at his hand — to help East Zone win their maiden Duleep Trophy.
“I am quite happy with my performance… I think I bowled in the right areas and moved the ball well,” Dinda said.
The pacer also said that the Holkar Stadium pitch in Indore was quite helpful to the bowlers.
“See, when Natraj Behera (East Zone captain) elected to field, we knew that we have to bowl really well. The wicket is a fine strip and I enjoyed bowling. In the morning session, there was quite a bit of moisture on the pitch. So the ball was gripping and there was not much carry. After lunch, however, the pitch became hard. We could swing the balls and move it sideways to unsettle the batsmen,” said Dinda.
Alongside Dinda, there was another Bengal pacer who excelled on the opening day of the match. Shami Ahmed, too, impressed with a four-wicket scalp. The 22-year-old pacer said that patience was the key to his success.
“I only wanted to do the basics right… I wanted to keep the ball in the right areas and waited for the batsmen to commit mistakes,” Ahmed said. “Even when three catches were dropped off my bowling, I did not lose my temper and some seniors came forward with comforting words which helped ease the pressure,” Shami said.