IPL 2012

Dinda pick of Indian bowlers in IPL - Donald

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April 30, 2012

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Ashok Dinda is ecstatic after claiming a wicket, Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors India, IPL, Mumbai, April 6, 2012
Allan Donald: "The question I want to ask, do coaches see him as a stand in for the big boys or a potential talent who you can back to do you a job no matter what?" © AFP
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Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald has said that Pune Warriors fast bowler Ashok Dinda has the attitude and skill to compete for a berth in the Indian team. Dinda is currently Warriors' joint leading wicket-taker, along with Rahul Sharma, with eight wickets in the IPL.

Donald, Warriors' bowling coach, said that Dinda is the pick of the Indian fast bowlers in the IPL this year. "Of all the Indian bowlers I have seen, he is right up there," Donald told PTI. "We all want to stack up the numbers [wickets] but there is a patient process to follow and that for me will make him a big-time contender in the Indian team."

Since his debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe, Dinda has played seven ODIs and three T20Is for India, picking up five wickets in each format. He played in the Asia Cup before the IPL and is in the India A squad to tour the West Indies in June.

Donald said that the BCCI should be clear as to what role they want Dinda to play in the future. "Dinda has impressed me with his attitude and skill. The question I want to ask, do coaches see him as a stand-in for the big boys or a potential talent who you can back to do you a job no matter what?" Donald said.

Donald, known for an iconic jump in his delivery stride, said Dinda's bowling action reminded him of himself during his playing days. "I have no problem with his jump and that's the way he has done it for a while now. It's not something you see with most bowlers but he [Dinda] reminds me of myself. I too had to get off the ground high enough to snap very hard at the crease.

"I love the hang time he gets before he snaps through the crease. The hang time allows him to get into a strong position before pulling the trigger. The action comes naturally to him but the stress on the body is huge so paying attention to his core will be something he will have to work hard on."

Having taken 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets in his career, Donald said he found similarities between a bowler's action and a golfer's swing. "Bowling is like a golf swing. It is all about feel and it is complex. There is a lot that can go wrong, if everything is not in-sync. When you are in good form, you have to understand why you are in that sort of form and again it brings me back to the training ground."

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Posted by Naresh28 on (May 3, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

The IPl has openned new doors for some of the players. i see great potential in Dinda (right armer) more like Zaks (left armer) I only hope that someone like Sreesanth could work on fitness and strength. The batsman like Rohit Sharma, Rayudu have shown skill. I only hope a complete overhual of the indian team starts. The oldies and slots can be filled by youngsters. Kohli is future captaincy material.

Posted by deepak_sholapurkar on (May 2, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

After this statement Donald would have good laugh

Posted by Jarr30 on (May 1, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I never knew that Donald had such a good sense of humour..Anyways "Nice Joke" Alan.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

lol, Alan donald is obviously just messing with us...

Posted by SICHO on (May 1, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Poor India, no genuine fast bowler for over a decade. India should probably hang on to Zaheer because he lasted longer than most and again he has the art of reverse swing. Umesh is the future and who knows maybe Dinda might something special. And about the "hang time" i just love Chris Martin's

Posted by sharidas on (May 1, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Hmmmm. interesting ! Both answer to the AD initials. Ashok Dinda, certainly is a good bowler and certianly deserves a chance in the Test team.

Posted by soumyas on (May 1, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

in the era of DEAD pitches, batsmen friendly rules, Entertainment based HIGH SCORING games...being a fast bowler is a SIN. very few fast bowlers like STEYN,MALINGA have succeeded in modern cricket. rest all of them have suffered more than they enjoyed.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

If his jump is little side on,he will get a more important weapon with his not so bad pace 135-140, that is swing....Then he will be a good bowler...A spinner will get more turn and rift with a side on action so as pace bowlers with a little side on action will generate some swing,Irfan pathan with his current straight action,will not go forward so as dinda his current jump will add any advantages to his deliveries

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (May 1, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

India's fast bowling future is in umesh yadav and varun aaron , and if sree santh could work more on his fitness and consistency he has the talent to be one of the finest swing bolwers india has ever produced

Posted by anupq1 on (May 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

i dont think he is a better option in the national side...when he was given the opputunity he was smashed all around the ground...but he performs well in the ipl....but definitely we should replace the kumars and also zaheer...

Posted by Sudhey on (May 1, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Yeah ! He does remind one of Donald, specially with the white headband on. Of course, he's only a few feet shorter and nearly half as quick !! :P

Posted by Rahulbose on (May 1, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

Dinda is a medium pacer who acts and runs like a fast bowler. Sure hope he is not the best in India. As for Donald, this is obvious part of his IPL contract to build up players from the team.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (April 30, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Dinda express coming at you at a scary 70kmph. Yeah Donald!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (April 30, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

Always was a fan of Dinda since seeing him play in Ranji. He's not gifted with pace, but he's one of the most hard working bowlers I have seen. Most of the youth these days will get let down if bowling with no chances presented and will taper out. This guy bowls his heart out every ball

Posted by thebrownie on (April 30, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Oh Lord, the fast bowling stocks must suck big time, if Dinda is that one to lead the pack soon.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

India is a country where u can get an abundance of cricketing talent.......but when it comes to some 'real fast bowling' we tend to lag behind quite considerably!! In the past one decade the only hope we had is Zak when it comes to taking 20 wkts 2 win a test match. Zak is not express by any means, but he's exceptional bcoz of the skills he possess both with the new and the old ball. After a long wait we have found someone in Umesh Yadav who can constantly bowl at 145-150 clicks. I feel Dinda can be another one. If u look at his performance in this IPL he has been outstanding for PWI, with wkts and miserly economy. Even in the match when Gayel hit Rahul Sharma for 5 sixes in an ovr, dinda came back the very nxt ovr to conceded only 4 runs against a rampaging Gayel! Again in the 2nd last ovr he conceded only 6 when 27 was needed off the last 2, but for the "great" efforts of Nehra, his good works were all in vain. I hope he gets fit and carries on with the impressive show....

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

great alan... Dinda bowls very well in this ipl 2012... Recover soon from injury....

Posted by passionate_cricket_follower on (April 30, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Just like Kamran Khan was tipped to be a "big thing" by Warne. These legends just say anything for their respective franchise!

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

dinda was depressing until Asia cup but I feel he has tremendous potential ahead...his action says contrary though....He is a bowler who will take important wickets and this makes him suitable for position which will be empty after Zaheer leaves. I hope India finds a worthy successor of Zaheer. If you leave Zaheer almost all the other bowling slots are up for grabs.

Posted by Gmale on (April 30, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Fast Bowler in India?? forget it boss...A country of 1 billion+ people have not produced one genuine fast bowler E-V-E-R! Some blame their genes, anatomies, etc. but their neighbor Pakistan have world class genuine fast bowlers playing on the streets each day...Indian cricket is too rich and that alone will spell doom. Their money will be invested in projects that bring in more money and since Indians pay for good batting, we will see more dead pitches. Good thing that guy dravid retired...he would score tons of runs on these dead pitches, cal himself the wall, and then play dirty politics against more capable teammates like tendulkar.

Posted by Mr_Anonymous on (April 30, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I have been pleased with the way Dinda and Awana have been bowling in this edition of the IPL so far. Still haven't seen Varun Aaron bowl (believe he is still recovering from his injury) yet. Umesh is still top-class and perhaps the best pace bowler in the country right now. My biggest worry related to Dinda is that his action is such that it will cause him lots of injuries. It will be tough to sustain the action for many years but for now, he is doing good. I think the next step for all these bowlers is to learn the swing/seam movements and control to be able to bring the ball in or seam it out from the batsmen at will and pitch it precisely at the point that they need. Hope Zaheer (and TA Sekar/Joe Dawes) can guide them in this endeavour. They need to strive to be able to bowl a spell like Dale Steyn did against Mumbai the other night and then we will have a really exciting pace attack. It will take time though. These are young bowlers though and have time on their hands.

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (April 30, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

A coach says something nice about a player in his team. I am, like, shocked!

Posted by the_blue_android on (April 30, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Stand in for the big boys? You mean Ishant who is stuck in the newcomer status for the last 5 years? Overhyped Zak, who bowls one good ball in one an over? Or Munaf, who bowls a faster one at 132 KMPH while all the other 5 deliveries are slower uns at 110? Big boys? What?

Posted by chilled_avenger on (April 30, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

@Jonathan Raj Gaddam Ishant has been around in the National team for 5 years now and has played 45 tests but he has nothing to show for except a terrible bowling average of 37.87 and inability to pick up wickets even in helpful conditions! I think we should move on from him since Ishant is clearly not International class as he proved in the tours of South Africa,England and Australia where he failed miserably. Selectors should not persist wth him anymore!

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Dinda, Aaron, Umesh and Ishant are the bowlers for the future Team India. If properly guided by Zak, these guys can be a strong attack at the international arena.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Its a common ploy to hype up players of your own franchises. Unfortunately, these legends of the game do not understand that they do themselves a great deal of disservice when they unnecessarily hype up players of limited ability. A couple of years ago, Wasim Akram was blowing the trumpet about a guy called Jaidev Unadkat by calling him the next great thing etc. Poor chap turned up in a test match in South Africa and what we saw was a guy who could not bowl at speeds of more than 125 kmph nor could seam or swing the bowl in helpful conditions. So if you are avid cricket enthusiast, please believe what you see from your own eyes rather than believe what these legends have to say about players of their own franchises.

Posted by priceless1 on (April 30, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

@vijay.iiml Dinda is slow medium bowler , he never bowls around 140

Posted by soumya_pst on (April 30, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

lol.....people who r commenting here.....no disrespect to them....pls dont comment if you dont understand cricket......dinda obviously not the best bowler in india but he has the talent to be the best....

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (April 30, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

For Pune to stay competitive in this IPL, Dinda has to come back soon from his injury. He is the impact bowler for them.

Posted by Romenevans on (April 30, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Yeah....even i love that "Hang Time" of dinda. Simillar to Klusner, Alan himself and Sanjeeva Disilva from Sri Lanka. Love those days....

Posted by muski on (April 30, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@Vijay- Did you know that one guy by name Munaf Patel burst into the scene many years ago as the guy who could have been our Brett Lee. But the big bucks played into him. Why will he bowl at 140 or 150 and get injured and lose the big match money. The same will be true of a Dinda or Umesh Yadav or any new young fast bowler.These guys for a change seem to have a muscular body which Indian fast bowlers of the past failed to possess. This is where some level headed person of BCCI should step in and give a physical protection to these guys sand use them sensibly and not let them play left right and centre and lose their way like Ishant Sharma. Its high time we have a crop of bowlers only for tests. These guys should NOT be allowed to play ODI or T20. Thats the only way we can try and prevent ourselves from being the laughing stock of the Test World- the grandeur of IPL and the big bucks of BCCI not withstanding.

Posted by indianpunter on (April 30, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

@cricketmaan, agree completely. sree isnt the sharpest tool in the shed. he suffers from a delusion of grandeur.. ( thinks he is Malcolm Marshall and McGrath rolled into one )

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

looolzzzz I saw Dinda at the Asia Cup and no disrespect to him or anything but he got hammered especially by the Bangladeshi's so there's really nothing special about him. Yes his performances at this years IPL has been impressive but everyone knows this is a T20 tournament and even the worse can even do good with the bat or ball with all the luck you know smacking the ball as hard and high as you can and then the fielders drop it or misfield and then the bowlers bowl straight at the stumps and the batsman tries to smash it but misses it completely and therefore the bowler gets easy wickets and that's exactly why Dinda got these wickets.

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (April 30, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Ashok Dinda would form a good bowling trio. All of them have pace - bowl 140+ regularly and the temperament. It is a matter of getting them trained to be more consistent while performing at the international level.

Posted by CricketMaan on (April 30, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Donal was the first to say 'Sreesanth can be a super bolwer, but for his poor attitude' during his Warwick stint and Sree proved Donald right..his attitude has pulled him down and there is no revival of his career.

Posted by CricketMaan on (April 30, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

I think it should read 'Having claimed 330 Tests and..' and not 'Having played 330 Tests...'

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Dinda would have been high jump champion

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