No one is indispensable, team comes first: Saha
Indian Test keeper holds forth on the Dhoni legacy, the pressure of expectations, and his love for Bengal cricket
Ashok Dinda’s bowling action - with a uniquely high leap before landing on the crease - makes him noticeable wherever he’s bowling. Hailing from West Bengal’s Midnapore district, Dinda’s rise to national reckoning is another chapter in the story of how Indian cricket’s reach has extended beyond the metros. The right-arm fast-medium Dinda made his debut for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy in 2005-06 and was part of the side that reached the final in the next season. He was then picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders after attending try-outs for the team before IPL 2008, but it was in the 2008-09 first-class season that he came into prominence with 43 wickets. That led to an international debut in a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in December 2009, and he was also part of the Indian team that toured Zimbabwe in 2010 when a number of seniors were rested. A quiet period followed for Dinda, but he roared back into contention with a terrific domestic season in 2011-12, where he grabbed 67 wickets, helped Bengal avoid relegation in the Ranji Trophy, and win the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Additionally he was also part of the East Zone team that won the Duleep Trophy. This led to another national call-up for the Asia Cup in March 2012. In the IPL, Dinda was bought by Delhi Daredevils in 2011 for $US375,000 and transferred to Pune Warriors India before IPL 2012.