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IPL 2021: Top 5 Teams With The Biggest Win Margin In The League

IPL 2021 is in its 14th edition. IPL is a T20 competition that was organized by the BCCI. Notably, the tournament was first held in the year 2008 and Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the tournament. Since then every year it is held and has become a fan-favourite tournament.

People of every age group enjoy the high octane and nail-biting encounters between the franchise teams. The cash-rich Indian T20 league is regarded as the World’s best T20 league ahead of CPL, PSL, LPL and it has witnessed some of the greatest cricket games of all time.

However, sometimes fans have also witnessed the dominance of one team which resulted in one-sided games. In this article, we will have a look at the most one-sided games played in the history of the tournament. However, our main focus will be on the victories based on the biggest run margin. Because in total 15 times, a team has won the game with 10 wickets in hand.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Top 5 IPL Teams With The Biggest Win Margin In The Tournament

5. Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 130 runs

On April 23, 31st match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore saw the most extraordinary, explosive, exceptional, and destructive innings in the history of T20 Cricket. Pune Warriors India was facing Royal Challengers Bangalore and they won the toss and elected to field first. The Universe Boss Chris Gayle opened the innings with Tillakaratne Dilshan and he literally demolished the PWI bowling unit.

Chris Gayle slammed 175 against Pune Warrior in 2013
Chris Gayle slammed 175 against Pune Warrior in 2013 | Photo Credit: PTI.

Almost half of Chris Gayle’s inning was filled with boundaries as the West Indies opener smashed 13 fours and 17 sixers. The Universe Boss was going berserk against every bowler.

Meanwhile, in the end, he finished his knock at unbeaten 175 off 66 deliveries at a massive strike rate of 265.15. With the help of his century, RCB posted 263/5 on the board. During the chase, PWI was unable to give a tough fight to the opposition and in 20 overs they scored 133 at the loss of 9 wickets.

Meanwhile, the Virat Kohli-led RCB won the game by a humongous margin of 130 runs. Chris Gayle had scored the highest individual score and RCB’s total was the highest to date.

4. Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 138 runs

Team Royal Challengers Bangalore was in the records again when they locked horns with Kings XI Punjab ( now Punjab Kings) in the 40th match of IPL 2015 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on May 6. The George Bailey led Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first inviting RCB to bat.

Opener Chris Gayle had a sensational outing as he scored 117 runs from just 57 balls. Also, Skipper Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers scored 32 and 47 respectively. Meanwhile, RCB posted 226 runs on the board.

RCB teammates Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)
RCB teammates Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

During the chase Kings XI, Punjab (now Punjab Kings) were bowled out at the score of 88 in the 14th over. Notably, Axar Patel made the biggest contribution from the Punjab side scoring 40 runs from 21 balls. Only Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel scored double-digit runs. Meanwhile, Sreenath Aravind and Mitchell Starc were able to bag 4 wickets each from team RCB.

3. Kolkata Knight Riders won by 140 runs

Yet another RCB involvement, in the biggest win margin columns came this time on the losing side. The match was the 1st game of the inaugural edition of IPL at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on April 18, 2008.

Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs off 73 balls in IPL 2008 opener.
Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs off 73 balls in IPL 2008 opener. | Photo Credit: BCCL

Royal Challengers Bangalore which was led by Rahul Dravid won the toss and they elected to field first. Meanwhile, KKR openers skipper Sourav Ganguly and Brendon McCullum opened for the first time in IPL. The openers had a 61 runs partnership and Sourav Ganguly was dismissed at 10.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum played a destructive knock of 158 off 73 balls to show the world what they are going to witness in the marquee Indian Premier League (IPL). His innings were filled with 10 fours and 13 maximums. Notably, he batted with a strike rate of 216.43. He helped KKR score 222/3. This was the only ton to date from a KKR batsman.

Meanwhile, during the chase RCB had a horrible run as all their main batters got out in single-digit scores. Only Praveen Kumar was able to score 18 runs and all the other players were dismissed under the score of 10 which resulted in RCB getting bowled out at 82 and losing the game by 140 runs. Ajit Agarkar-3, Ashok Dinda-2, and Sourav Ganguly-2 were amongst the wickets.

2. Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 144 runs

In the 44th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, Royal Challengers Bangalore faced off Gujrat Lions at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The Virat Kohli-led side lost the toss and was invited to bat first. The start was not at all good for RCB as they lost the opener, Chris Gayle, in the 4th over and they were at 19-1 in 3.5 overs.

However, after that fans witnessed a batting master class by two of the greatest batsmen of the generation. Former Proteas batsman AB De Villiers and Indian masterclass batsman Virat Kohli. Both the batsmen brought in the storm and destroyed the opposite bowling unit.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli added 229 runs for the 2nd wicket which is the record of highest partnership in the IPL. The captain of RCB scored marvellous 109 runs off 55 deliveries including 5 fours and 8 six at a strike rate of 198.18. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s mate AB de Villiers scored exceptional 129 runs off 52 balls including 10 fours and 12 sixes at a strike rate of 248.07. Notably, RCB posted 248 runs on the board in that IPL game.

Meanwhile, during the chase Gujrat Lions despite having star batters were bowled out at 104 and RCB won the game by 144 runs. Notably, in that match, RCB used as many as 9 bowlers. Apart from Aaron Finch’s 37, the likes of power hitters Dwayne Smith-7, Brendon McCullum-11, Ravindra Jadeja-21, Dinesh Karthik-2, and Dwayne Bravo-1 failed with the bat.

1. Mumbai Indians won by 146 runs

Team Mumbai Indians is currently sitting at the top in terms of the biggest winning margin in the history of the tournament. The match was the 45th game of the IPL 2017 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. The Rohit Sharma-led team was facing the team Delhi Daredevils (Capitals).

Delhi Capitals won the toss and they invited Mumbai Indians to bat first. Meanwhile, The decision turned out to be a horrible one for the Zaheer Khan-led franchise. As Mumbai batters went berserk against the DC bowling unit.

Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Instagram
Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Instagram

West Indies powerhouse Kieron Pollard & Lendl Simmons smashed 63 and 66 runs. Also Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya batted with a 207.14 strike rate and MI finished the innings at 212/3.

During the chase, Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed Sanju Samson on the very first ball. Before the power play ended Delhi Capitals were reduced at 35-5 and soon they were bowled out at the score of 66 which resulted in Delhi Capitals setting the record of the biggest loss in the history of IPL by 146 runs.

The likes of Karun Nair (21), Corey Anderson (10), and Pat Cummins (10) were the only cricketers to score double-digit runs as the likes of heavyweights Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and Marlon Samuels failing. Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma took 3 scalps apiece.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid - K. MURALI KUMAR

National Cricket Academy Has Revamped The Coaching Manual Under Rahul Dravid

National Cricket Academy has revamped the coaching manual, under Rahul Dravid’s stewardship, which now comprises “corporate classes” for aspiring coaches on tackling off-field issues, including selection pressures from various quarters.

Recently, a batch of distinguished former first-class cricketers attended the BCCI’s Level-2 coaching course at National Cricket Academy and also appeared for the theory and practical examination.

National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru is amongst the best cricket academies in India (Source: Mail Today)
National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru is amongst the best cricket academies in India (Source: Mail Today)

National Cricket Academy’s Coaching Module Tweaked To Make It More Appealing For Modern Coaches

While the coaching module at National Cricket Academy has been tweaked to make it more appealing for modern coaches, what came as a pleasant surprise was the introduction of a “corporate problem-solving class”, where the incumbents were asked to find methods of troubleshooting while dealing with multiple off-the-field stakeholders.

“The course has been devised by former Mumbai seamer Kshemal (Waingankar), who is an MBA and has a corporate background. I have never attended a class like this but it was very unique and helped me broaden my horizon,” a distinguished first-class cricketer, who attended the course at National Cricket Academy, said on the condition of anonymity.

“Well, it was about making us understand the difference between ‘bargaining’ and ‘negotiation’. We were told that we don’t need to solve a problem but it needs to be checked what are the trouble-shooting methods that we deploy (approach) in a critical situation,” he said.

 “The course instructor (Kshemal) picked two coaches – Person A and Person B. Person A was told that he is the ‘coach’ and Person B was told that he is the ‘selector’. He gave both of them a worksheet, he said while elaborating an example.

“The assignment was the person (B) who has been made the selector has to include three players in the team. He has pressure from various stakeholders it could be a state association, someone else… Now Person A, who is the coach, knows that he can only include two guys in the team and one in playing XI.”

Both Persons A and B were asked to display their “negotiation” skills where one needs to push his case and the other needs to stall it.

“The motive was to check how they deal with a situation like this. Who all does the coach involve? Is it his assistant coaches? Is it the captain? Or does he take help from a performance analyst with data? How does the selector convince the coach? Can he convince his fellow selectors or take help of administrators? It’s not about who gets his way but how one approaches the solution?” the player said.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

All aspiring Level 2 coaches have to correct at least one player. While the Level-2 course is complete, all the aspirants now go back to their respective cities and, in the next three months, will have to at least work with one player and prepare a project report.

“This is also an interesting part. All of us will have to pick a player and make a complete video analysis of his bowling or batting depending upon our area of expertise. Then we prepare a project report on what specifics we are working on. After we have worked on corrective measures, we will again have to prepare a video of changes we have made. Then only our Level 2 course will be complete,” said another player.

BCCI had invited applications for batting, bowling (fast & spin), and fielding coaches at National Cricket Academy. The deadline to apply for these positions is September 10, as per the official website. The age limit of the candidates at the National Cricket Academy is 60 years.

The development comes as BCCI has decided not to renew the annual contracts of as many as 11 coaches at the National Cricket Academy at Bengaluru. Last year, the BCCI had decided not to renew their contracts which includes retired cricketers- Ramesh Powar, Sujith Somsundar, Subroto Banerjee, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, and SS Das.

After a brief period of inactivity due to COVID-19, BCCI is in fully functional mode again. It recently conducted a level 2 hybrid course spanning eight days for cricket coaches. It included former India cricketers Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Nayar, Ashok Dinda, Devang Gandhi, Naman Ojha, and Parveez Rasool.

Rahul Dravid Attends Classes With All Batches

Rahul Dravid doesn’t take classes, but he attends classes with all batches. What has amazed a lot of these players is the fact National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid always makes it a point to sit with the batches and also attend the lectures, taken by the likes of Sujith Somasundar, Apurv Desai, Rajib Datta and Kshemal Waingankar.

“In fact when we were shown videos of players and asked to offer solutions, even Rahul bhai would join us and try to figure out the problem. He would tell us that he still feels like a student and the day he stops learning, that will be the end of it,” another first-class player, who has played against Dravid, said.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

“He told us that as coaches, we shouldn’t go on a fault-finding mission when a player comes to us. Rather than trying to nitpick and find faults, we should see what are the good qualities in that player and how we can make them better. The coaching manual in NCA is now more player-centric,” he said.

Some of the well-known past and present players who attended the course are Robin Bisht, Zakaria Zufri, Prabhanjan Mullick, Uday Kaul, Sagar Jogiyani, Sarabjeet Singh, Arindam Das, Saurashis Lahiri, Ranadeb Bose, KB Pawan, and Connor Williams.

Rahul Dravid has re-applied for the post of Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy and is the only person so far to file his nomination for the position.

KKR vs RCB (Image Credit: KKR Twitter)

5 Lesser-Known Incidents In The First-Ever IPL Match

The Indian Premier League (IPL) started on 18th April 2008. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) played the first-ever IPL match on that historic day at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru). While RCB decided to bowl first after winning the toss, KKR managed to score the giant first innings total of 222/3 (20 overs). KKR opened Brendon McCullum scored 158 not out off 73 balls (10 fours and 13 sixes).

In reply, RCB were bundled out for just 82 runs (15.1 overs) as KKR won that match by 140 runs. Undoubtedly, McCullum won the Player of the Match award at the end of that match.

Here we are talking about the top-five lesser-known incidents in the first-ever IPL match

KKR captain Sourav Ganguly faced the first delivery in IPL history

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Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

It was the match between Sourav Ganguly-led KKR and Rahul Dravid-led RCB. After RCB sent the visitors to bat first, Ganguly faced the first ball of the IPL history. RCB right-arm pacer Praveen Kumar delivered that ball where the opener Ganguly managed to snatch one leg-bye run to open the scoreboard. Centurion Brendon McCullum was the other opener in that innings.

RCB skipper Rahul Dravid also faced the first ball of the second innings of that match while Ashok Dinda delivered the first ball for the Kolkata franchise.


Ashok Dinda Dropped From Ranji Trophy Squad For Abusing Bowling Coach

Out-of –favour India pacer Ashok Dinda has been dropped from the Bengal’s Ranji Trophy squad for abusing bowling coach, Ranadeb Bose. As per multiple reports, Dinda has had strained relation with the bowling coach for a long time but on this occasion, he abused Bose in front of players. Bose lodged a complaint with Cricket Association of Bengal, which asked Dinda to apologise to the senior player.

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Dinda refused to come up with an apology and was dropped. He was a part of the squad earlier and CAB had to come with a new squad following the update.

Ashok Dinda, Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2019

This isn’t the first time that Dinda has been dropped in the ongoing season. He was kept out of the squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, following which he did not turn up for the training sessions. There were reports that he is also considering to join another team as a professional.

Dinda was named in the Ranji Trophy squad and scalped three wickets in first fixture against Kerala but there is every possibility that he might not join the squad now, should he not apologise to the coach. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season and turn up for any other state as a professional in 2020/21 season.

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The right-arm pacer had recently gone unsold in IPL 2020 auction as well. Dinda’s name didn’t feature in the initial list. He, along with five other players, was added to the list on the day of the auction. Dinda hasn’t played an IPL game since 2017.

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The 35-year-old played 13 ODIs and nine T20Is, in which he scaled 12 and 17 wickets, respectively. Dinda was a part of the Test squad but didn’t get to make his debut.

Meanwhile, Bengal are playing Andhra Pradesh in the third round of the Ranji Trophy. The host team lost an early wicket of Abhimanyu Easwaran and were 36/1 after 15 overs.

Prithvi Shaw, India A, India A vs New Zealand XI
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Suryakumar Yadav To Lead Mumbai In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, No Prithvi Shaw

Senior batsman SuryaKumar Yadav will be leading Mumbai in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The right-handed batsman was appointed as vice-captain in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has been elevated to the top position.

The side includes senior batsman and former captain, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad and Sarfaraz Khan, who made his comeback to Mumbai before the start of the season.

India vs Windies, Prithvi Shaw, VVS Laxman

Prithvi Shaw has not been named in the squad. He was expected to make his comeback as his ban ends on November 15. Shaw might make his comeback if Mumbai make it to the second round of the tournament, which starts on November 21.

Surprisingly, the selectors also didn’t name Yashasvi Jaiswal in the squad, who top-scored for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 564 runs in six matches. He also played for India B in Deodhar Trophy.

Dhawa Kulkarni will lead the pace attack. There is no Shardul Thakur in the squad as he is a part of the Indian team for the Bangladesh T20I series but he will be back once the series ends as he isn’t a part of the Test squad.

Mumbai will kick off their campaign against Mizoram on November 8. They will next face Haryana (November 9), Madhya Pradesh (November 11), Puducherry (November 12), Bengal (November 14), Meghalaya (November 15) and Assam (November 17). They will play all their matches in Mumbai.

Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Jay Bista, Aditya Tare, Sarfaraz Khan, Jaideep Pardeshi, Siddhesh Lad, Shubham Ranjane, Shams Mulani, Parikshit Valsangkar, Raunaq Sharma, Dhaval Kulkarni, Kruthik Hangewadi, Deepak Shetty, Aquib Qureshi, Dhrumil Matkar.

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Suryakumar Yadav To Lead Mumbai In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, No Prithvi Shaw 2

In a surprising move, Bengal dropped their most experienced pacer Ashok Dinda from the squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. With 10 wickets in six matches in Vijay Hazare Trophy, Dinda performed well in the tournament but was dropped from the T20 side. It remains to see if the selectors recall the senior pacer for the Ranji Trophy.

Squad; Abhimanyu Easwaran (captain), Sreevats Goswami, Abhishek Raman, Vivek Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Agniv Pan, Arnab Nandi, Writtick Chatterjee, Ishan Porel, Akash Deep, Sayan Ghosh, Ravi Kant Singh, Ayan Bhattacharjee, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Shahbaz Ahmed, Debabrata Das.

Ashok Dinda

Ashok Dinda Clarifies His Earlier Comments After Recent Trolls

Bengal fast bowler Ashok Dinda again took to his Instagram handle to clarify his earlier statements on the trollers who has been continuously trolling him for a long time. Ashok Dinda is not a part of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite not being part of the ongoing IPL season, there are many outsiders who have taken a dig at Dinda day in and out.

The matter went out of hand when Royal Challengers Bangalore official twitter handle also continued the trend. Coming back to the heart of the matter, every time a bowler leaked runs, the fans took a dig at Dinda by saying that the bowler might have joined the ‘Dinda Academy’. Earlier in the week, it was Umesh Yadav who defended 27 runs against the Kings XI Punjab.

Following Umesh Yadav’s good spell against Kings XI Punjab, RCB took a dig at Ashok Dinda. The situation has literally gone out of hand and due to the situation, Ashok Dinda posted the screenshots of his stats and asked the haters to stay away. He further wrote that he might not be the best bowler in the world but he has faced a lot to achieve what he has in his career and it is entirely justifiable. It takes a hell lot from a player to represent his country.

Clarifying the earlier tweets, Ashok Dinda further added that it was some of the dumbheads who dragged the name of his daughter into the matter which made him angry and hence came the emotional tweet. In his new Instagram post, he wrote that the people have no right to drag his daughter of wife’s name.

 “I have been silent all along but my previous outburst was primarily because some dumbheads dragged my daughter into it. Some passed lewd comments at my daughter, wife, mother, which isn’t acceptable. Yes, it obviously speaks about their filthy selves. But as a father, I couldn’t have ignored. My family isn’t anyone’s business. DO NOT INVOLVE MY FAMILY. Anyways I would like to thank each and every one you for your immense support. I wish the best for you always.

Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda
Ashok Dinda (Credits: BCCI)

IPL 2019: Ashok Dinda Hits Back At The Trollers, Ask Them Keep Him Out of Their Mouth

The veteran Bengal fast bowler Ashok Dinda has been at heart of the social media trolls in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Every time a bowler went out for too many runs, the fans have morphed Dinda’s images to mock him. Things went out of hand when Royal Challengers Bangalore’s official Twitter handle followed the trend too and mocked the senior cricketer. However, Dinda has finally broken his silence on the matter and gave a befitting reply to his trolls.

The trollers on social media have taken a dig at Ashok Dinda every time a bowler has conceded too many runs. They have dragged the Bengal pacer saying that the particular bowler has joined the Dinda Academy. It has been a trend on social media since the start of IPL 2019. Last night, during the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, the official Twitter account of RCB also took a sly dig after Umesh Yadav defended 27 runs off the last over to give his side the vital two points. They soon deleted the tweet after receiving heavy criticism from the fans.

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Holding his patience for long, Ashok Dinda has finally hurled back at his trolls on Instagram. He put some statistics to reply back to the trollers and urged them to his name out of their mouth. Dinda has been a star bowler for Bengal in the domestic circuit for quite some time now. He has been their highest wicket-taker season after season and has led the bowling pack.

He also boasts a decent record in the IPL picking 68 wickets from 78 games at an economy-rate of 8.22. Ashok Dinda also represented India in 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is claiming 29 wickets across formats. He last played an IPL game in 2017 and since then has not found any franchise in the auctions.

Haters, helping you get you statistics right. Stop and stare well your opinion is not my reality. So shut your hating selves and keep me out of your mouth,” Dinda gave a befitting reply.

Haters, helping you get you statistics right. Stop and stare well your opinion is not my reality. So shut your hating selves and keep me out of your mouth.

Gepostet von Ashoke Dinda am Donnerstag, 25. April 2019



After Ashok Dinda’s Injury, Jaydev Unadkat Wants Face Masks For Bowlers

In the wake of the mishap that took place with Ashok Dinda on Monday, Indian pacer Jaydev Unadkat feels the time is right to introduce face masks for the bowlers in the game. Dinda suffered a nasty injury while bowling at the iconic Eden Gardens. Dinda was hit on his forehead while attempting a sharp caught-and-bowled during Bengal’s Twenty 20 practice match.

The incident took place when batsman Birender Vivek Singh hit a straight drive and Dinda attempted the catch on his follow through. However, the ball slipped through his hands and hit him hard on his forehead. Soon, Dinda fell on the ground before the players and the medical staff rushed to his aid.

Fortunately, Dinda stood up, much to everyone’s respite and even bowled a couple of deliveries to complete his over. However, he felt uneasy soon after before walking off the field. Later, the pacer was sent to hospital as a precautionary measure.

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Ashok Dinda (Credits: BCCI)

“Dinda looked fine as he completed the over before returning back to the dressing room. As a precautionary measure, he was taken for scans. There is nothing alarming but he has been advised two days of rest,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official told PTI.

With the mishap once again underlining the dangers the bowlers are facing in the game nowadays, Jaydev Unadkat feels the time is right for another safety gear in the game. He took to Twitter to state the bowlers should wear a face-mask and also asked R Ashwin for his opinion.

“About time that a “face-mask” for bowlers makes its way into all that has evolved in cricket. Its scary how this kind of incidents have become frequent in our game! Hope you good Dinda @dindaashoke .. What do you say Ash bhai? @ashwinravi99,” wrote Jaydev Unadkat.

Dinda, meanwhile, recently had a decent outing in the Ranji Trophy where he picked up 28 wickets in 8 games including one five-wicket haul. The Bengal star, nonetheless, last played for India way back in 2013 during the home series against England. After making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2009, Dinda represented the national team in 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is, picking up a total of 29 wickets across formats.


Ashok Dinda (Credits: BCCI)

Watch: Ashok Dinda Taken To Hospital After Being Hit On The Head By Ball

Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda suffered a mishap while bowling at the Eden Gardens on Monday. The right-arm pacer was bowling in the nets when he received a nasty blow on his head. The Bengal players were playing a practise game  with legendary batsman VVS Laxman among the attendees at the iconic stadium.

Ashok Dinda was bowling to left-handed batsman Vivek Singh. Singh hit one hard towards Dinda and the latter failed to get out of the way in time or catch the ball in his followthrough. He managed to get some part of his hand to the ball but it still went on to hit him on his head with good force.  As soon as he received the blow, he wobbled before sinking to his haunches and sitting on the ground.

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Ashok Dinda (Credits: BCCI)

He was soon mobbed by his teammates and the support staff as they rushed towards the bowler to help him. After a while, he stood up and even bowled a couple of deliveries. However, he felt uneasy after that and the team-management soon sent him to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

According to Bengali news outlet Ebela, the pacer was walking unaided when he headed towards the car to go to the hospital.

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Ashok Dinda (Credits: BCCI)

Dinda was practising for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with his teammate. The 34-year old recently had a decent outing in the Ranji Trophy where he picked up 28 wickets in 8 games including one five-wicket haul. The Bengal star, nonetheless, last played for India way back in 2013 during the home series against England. After making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2009, Dinda represented the national team in 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is, picking up a total of 29 wickets across formats.

Here is a clip of that incident:


IPL Commentators
IPL Commentators

IPL 2018: Unsold Indian Cricketers to Take Commentary for the 11th Edition

The wait is finally over for the Indian Premier League (IPL) fans across the world. The cash-rich tournament will start from today at the Wankhede Stadium.

Moreover, defending champions Mumbai Indians will square off against Chennai Super Kings in the opening fixture.

While franchises have invested more on talented players, seasoned campaigners have failed to attract bidders. Those who went unsold will don the hat of commentators and will analyse the game from the commentary box.

Let us take a look at some of the Indian players who failed to get a contract this season and are part of commentary panel for this year’s tournament.

Rajat Bhatia:

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The Delhi cricketer had failed to attract bidders in this season’s IPL. However, he will be part of the cash-rich league after being included in the list of Hindi commentators panel.

Previously, the all-rounder had represented Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Rising Pune Supergiant in the past.

Bhatia had done well with both bat and ball throughout his career in the league. However, last year he played only three games for Rising Pune Supergiant.

Pragyan Ojha:

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The left-arm spinner had failed to get a team in the last two seasons of the league. However, the 31-year old had won the league four times in his career (3 Mumbai Indians, 1 Deccan Chargers) has been overlooked by the various franchises.

From the 92 matches he had played in his career so far, Ojha claimed 89 wickets.

The Orissa born player will now be present behind the mike as a Hindi commentator for this edition.

Ashok Dinda:

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The fast bowler from Bengal didn’t get any bidder at the auctions early this year. However, he had done well in the domestic season for Bengal.

Dinda was a part of four franchises namely Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors India, Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant.

Last year, Dinda played only three games for Pune and picked a lone wicket. This year he will be part of Bengali commentary panel.

Irfan Pathan:

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The seasoned all-rounder had suffered many injuries which have halted his career from flourishing.

Last year, Gujarat Lions called him as a replacement for Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. He played only one game but failed to pick wickets.

The 33-year old cricketer had played 103 matches in IPL so far and picked up 80 wickets. The all-rounder from Baroda found no takers at this year’s auction.

With no on-field action, Irfan will now be trying his hand at commentary after being named in the Hindi commentary panel.

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