IPL 2012 April 30, 2012

Dinda pick of Indian bowlers in IPL - Donald

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Naresh 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.

  • Deepak on May 2, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    After this statement Donald would have good laugh

  • A on May 1, 2012, 15:33 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

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

  • Sello 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

  • suresh 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.

  • 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • mukesh 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

  • anup 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...

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