Indian all-rounder who featured in the Cricket World Cup 2003, Dinesh Mongia has announced retirement from all form of the game. He was a part of the squad that travelled to South Africa and ended up losing the finals against Australia. Making his last app in 2007, Mongia has now decided to hand his boots from international cricket. He made an announcement about the same on Wednesday. If one may recall, he played the ICL-Indian Cricket League which was treated as a competition to the IPL. The BCCI had banned the cricketer for doing so.
Post this, Dinesh Mongia couldn’t make a comeback into the team. “Those were hard days,” recalled Mongia, who took up coaching assignments to stay in touch with the game. The last season witnessed the former Indian cricketer donning a different role as an extension to his cricketing career. He was made a state selector by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). As per reports floating on social media Mongia now wants to focus on having a few coaching assignments.
Mongia made a debut for the state of Punjab in 1995 in the under-19 team and it was his blistering performance that led him to make way to first-class cricket in February 1996. After six years of constant performances, Mongia then made way into the Indian team where he made a debut in the Indian colours during the tournament against Australia in 2001. His debut match was held in Pune. He also went on to play in the County, representing Lancashire and Leicestershire. In 121 first-class matches, he scored 8028 runs at an average of 48.95.