Dinesh Mongia, India’s former player announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 42. He was an integral part of Sourav Ganguly’s 2003 World Cup team. He last One Day International was way back in 2007 but after a long wait of 12 years, he has now announced his retirement.
He was a useful all-rounder in Ganguly’s team, as he was a left-handed batsman and bowled some handy left-arm spin. On Tuesday, he decided to take retirement from all the formats owing to the lift of ban by BCCI.
Last ODI for him was in 2007 in Dhaka and after that, he was seen participating in Indian Cricket League (ICL). Due to match-fixing issues, all the players participating were held by BCCI but Mongia being the unluckiest had to face the ban.
Mongia has always denied his involvement in match-fixing scenarios but former New Zealand player Vincent stated that Mongia and Chris Cairns another New Zealander was involved in match-fixing during the hearing in England.
Mongia debuted for Indian Cricket Team in 2001 and served his nation for six long years. During his six years, he played 57 One Day Internationals where he amassed around 1230 runs and picked up 14 wickets. Also, he debuted in the first-ever T20 International played by India against South Africa, which resulted in his last T20I too.
Dinesh Mongia played for Punjab in the domestic circuit apart from his heroics at domestic level the main reason for inclusion in main team was the 159 not-out innings which he played against Zimbabwe. It ultimately lead to his selection for World Cup 2003 but he failed to impress in the tournament. 42 runs against Netherland being his top score in the whole tournament.
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