By CricketCountry Staff
Pune: Apr 23, 2012
Pune Warriors India (PWI) Ashok Dinda has grown up watching his childhood hero Sourav Ganguly, and playing under his leadership in the Pune franchise has been awe-inspiring for the fast bowler.
He said,” I have grown up watching Dada rule the field, but never thought that I would actually get the chance to play with him someday. The best part is that he observes everything. He makes an effort to show us tricks of the trade at the nets and is teaching us how to deal with different situations.
“The energy level is pretty high in our team right now because of him. Dada is a great batsman and it's an opportunity of a lifetime to see him play from close quarters. The way he rules the field is very inspiring. “
The fast bowler fondly recollects his first international wicket, Sanath Jayasuriya. “It felt really great. Sanath is an outstanding player, who has scored all over the world. I was on cloud nine after taking his wicket... all my teammates came and congratulated me,” said Dinda.
Dinda, having played for two franchises – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), his first franchise, and now with the PWI, feels the journey has been of ups and downs.
He was quoted by Times of India as saying,” It (Last five years) has been full of ups and downs -- we have won some and lost some matches. I have achieved a lot in these five years and made a name for myself. I have met many interesting and important people. IPL is a platform for junior cricketers and we get the opportunity to share the dressing room with stars, which is great.
“I didn't even realize how five years have passed. It feels like I have just started out. However, everyone knows by now that 90 per cent of the times, Dinda will get a breakthrough with the new ball. “
The fiery fast bowler says he has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to train with the likes of Wasim Akram, Shane Bond but feels it’s an individual’s responsibility to improve game.
“I have come across greats like Shane Bond, have been coached by the likes of Wasim Akram and Alan Donald. It has been a dream come true. I have grown up seeing them play and to come in close contact with them is surreal,” said Dinda. “However, what you can learn totally depends on yourself. You must imbibe the good things from the greats and play good cricket. Individual aggressiveness and positivity are things that I have learnt. “
Despite all the glitz, glamour and money that surrounds T20 cricket, Dinda feels Test cricket is the ultimate goal any cricketer should vie for.
He said,” It's Test cricket and there are no two ways about it. Playing a Test match is an art. You have to outplan a batsman and make him commit a mistake. But in limited over matches, even good players can suddenly get out on a bad ball. Test cricket is classy.”