Dinesh Mongia was last seen on a cricket field in 2007, playing for Punjab, before being banned by the BCCI for joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
- Dinesh Mongia announced retirement from all forms of cricket
- Mongia last played for Punjab in 2007
- Mongia played 121 first-class matches and has 21 centuries in them
Former India all-rounder Dinesh Mongia announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. Mongia is best known for being chosen over VVS Laxman in the Indian team that finished runner-up in the ICC World Cup 2003 in South Africa.
Mongia was last seen on a cricket field in 2007, playing for Punjab, before being banned by the BCCI for joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
The cricketer made his under-19 debut for Punjab in October 1995 and on the back of his consistent performance in first-class cricket for over 6 years, Mongia was given an ODI call-up into the national team against Australia in 2001.
Mongia went on to play 57 ODI for India where he scored 1230 runs at 27.95 that also includes an unbeaten 159 in the series decider against Zimbabwe at Guwahati in March 2002. Mongia also played a solitary T20I for India, however, he never played a Test.
The left-hand batsman had a prolific first-class career. Mongia played 121 first-class matches and has 21 centuries to his name.
Mongia had also played for Lancashire and Leicestershire.
Mongia lost his touch to cricket after being banned by the BCCI. Most players banned by the Board for their association with the ICL were granted amnesty but Mongia remained the lone cricketer who was kept out of the official circuit.
The cricketer is said to be taking coaching assignments further on. Last season, Mongia was made a state selector by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).