Ashok Dinda to marry girlfriend Sreyasi on July 22

Ashok Dinda has played 13 ODIs and nine T20s for India © IANS

Kolkata: Jul 2, 2013

India and Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda is all set to tie the knot on July 22 with girlfriend Sreyasi Rudra, at Chinsurah, a Kolkata suburb.

According to a report in NDTV, the marriage reception will be at a club in Kolkata on July 24.

The 29-year-old cricketer told a newspaper that it was not love at first sight, as the two met at a friend’s place four years ago.

Dinda told the newspaper: “We met again after a few years at a party and I liked her, but we did not exchange numbers. After our third meeting, I took her number from a friend and we kept in touch.”

He added, “She is the most sober girl I’ve ever met. I made her meet my mom one and half years ago. I gave her hints about my feelings then, but she brushed me off. I kept pursuing her till she gave in.”

A software engineer by profession, Sreyasi, and Dinda decided to marry during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament. A day in the month of July was fixed as it is a lean season for cricket in the country.

Dinda said, “Later, I would get busy with matches, so this was the best time.”

Sreyasi, revealing her love for the sport said, “So, I had no option but to love cricket. Even my 86-year-old grandmother is mad about cricket.”