Pune Warriors India paceman Ashoke Dinda is back in India colours after being selected for the forthcoming Asia Cup to be played in Bangladesh. The 27-year-old has made steady progress during his time out of the national side and is now keen to make the most of this opportunity. Dinda finds he has matured as a bowler in the past few seasons and feels more equipped to handle the challenges that international cricket poses.
"I have learned to control my swing. Earlier, I was too happy to bowl bouncers but now I know the importance of bowling fuller length deliveries. Also, I have practiced with a shorter run-up as it helps to get the ball zip off the turf – something Ajit Agarkar has done well over the years," he was quoted as saying.
The former Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils bowler also credits Eric Simons, India’s previous bowling coach, for helping him improve as a bowler.
"When I was with Delhi Daredevils last year, it was [Eric] Simmons who told me to bowl aiming at a single stump. I did practice for long hours and that helped me hit a consistent length throughout the season," he said.
Now with the Pune Warriors franchise, Dinda revealed he had the backing of Sourav Ganguly and that the former India skipper always wanted him in his side.
"I wasn't surprised as Dadi [Sourav Ganguly] had told me that he wants me in Pune Warriors. He has been a constant source of encouragement for me this season. Having someone of his stature on the field means that your mistakes are pointed out quite easily and one can take corrective measures," Dinda revealed.