Veteran pacer Ashok Dinda announced his retirement from all formats of cricket on Tuesday. In a career spanning 15 years, Dinda picked 420 wickets in 116 first-class matches. Recently Dinda played three games for his new team Goa in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Unfortunately, he missed the last two games due to a knee injury.
Dinda cited the knee injury and his age, as the reason behind his retirement.
“I injured my knee which is why I didn’t play the last two matches. My body wasn’t permitting. I still have swelling in my knee. I can’t run. Also, I am 37. As a fast bowler, 37 is a lot. Otherwise, there is no reason why I should have quit. My body is not permitting,” Dinda told IANS.
The 36-year-old played 13 ODIs for India in which he claimed 12 wickets. While he also represented the Men in Blue in 9 T20Is and picked 17 wickets.
“I have already not played for a season. My body was inactive. If I don’t play more, it will be difficult and there won’t be much fun at 38. What I want is that instead of me, some junior should play. That will be better. There are many options,” said Dinda.
“Today, I am retiring from all formats of cricket. I have sent the mails to BCCI and GCA to this effect,” Dinda said during a media interaction at Eden Gardens.