Ashok Dinda suffered a horrific head injury during the Syed Mushtaq Ali warm-up game for Bengal at the Eden Gardens on Monday. The incident happened when batsman Birender Vivek Singh hit straight and Dinda attempted the catch on his follow through but it slipped from his hand and hit his forehead. According to a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official, Dinda returned to the dressing room and looked fine but as a precautionary measure, he was taken to hospital and has been advised two-days rest. The 2011 Mushtaq Ali champions Bengal open their domestic T20 campaign against Mizoram in their group D fixture at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on February 21. Bengal failed to make the final at home last season after finishing third in the Super League Group B.
Dinda made his Twenty20 International debut against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in 2009 but had a poor start to his career as he was smashed for 34 runs in three overs but he took the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya for 26. The right-arm pacer was selected in the ODI team and he made his debut against Zimbabwe in Bulwayo in 2010 but he did not pick up a wicket and conceded 49 runs in 7.2 overs.
#WATCH:Pacer Ashok Dinda got injured after he was hit on forehead at Eden Gardens in Kolkata today during Bengal's T20 practice match for Mushtaq Ali championship.A medical team treated Dinda&he completed over after that.Doctors conducted his CT Scan&said there is nothing serious pic.twitter.com/XpT6FOTAFJ— ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2019
In 2012, Dinda’s crowning glory took place in the Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Kandy. He picked up 4/19 in three overs as India secured a 39-run win in the only game which was played in the shortest format. However, his expensive economy rate and the inability to control the flow of runs in the death overs worked against Dinda and he played his last game in 2013 against England in Rajkot.
Dinda has been part of four IPL franchises and his first stint was with the Kolkata Knight Riders. He moved to Sahara Pune Warriors and has also been part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise and Rising Pune Supergiant. In the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy, Dinda took 28 wickets in eight games with one five-wicket haul but Bengal still could not reach the finals.