Ashok Dinda

Bats Right Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Med-Fast

Bats Right Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Med-Fast







Ashok Dinda is one of many Indian pacemen hoping to fill the void left by Zaheer Khan in India’s Test squad. With plenty of international cricket under his belt in recent months, Dinda is a prime candidate for earning a Test debut when the series against Australia commences on Friday.

The opening bowler isn’t the fastest quick on the planet, but his nagging line and length has reaped success on the low and slow wickets on the sub-continent. His first-class career has been highly successful, especially when you consider the over reliance on spinners and the unfriendly pitch conditions for quick bowlers. With 198 wickets in 55 matches, Dinda has served Bengal well throughout his eight year career. Incredibly, he has already picked up 13 five-wicket-hauls; a stunning effort in Indian conditions.

Dinda’s international breakthrough came against Sri Lanka in 2009, where he took the prized scalp of Sanath Jayasuriya in Nagpur. He enjoyed success against the same team two years later, finishing with a career best 4/19 in Pallekele. The seamer has been a steadying foil to India’s spinners, and has enjoyed success in most of his nine T20 appearances for India. His most recent match saw him rip through the Pakistani middle order to finish with a match winning 3/36.

The Indian seamer has experienced a highly profitable IPL career, in which he has regularly delivered for his several franchises. Most notably, Dinda impressed in the very first IPL match played, picking up 2/9 from three overs, including the big wicket of Virat Kohli.

Dinda has not enjoyed the same success in the ODI format, picking up just 12 wickets from 13 appearances. His economy rate is far too high for an opening bowler, and his average is above 50. If he can work on his variations, Dinda could develop into a far more threatening option.    

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