Dinesh Mongia

Country: India
Born: April 17, 1977, Chandigarh
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Allrounder

Dinesh Mongia Bio

Dinesh Mongia, born on April 17, 1977, in Chandigarh, India, is a former professional cricketer who represented the Indian national team as a left-handed batsman. Though not a highly celebrated player, he made his mark in the cricketing world with his consistency and ability to accumulate runs.

Mongia began his cricketing journey in the domestic arena, making his debut for Punjab during the 1995-96 season. He was a reliable performer, albeit without the flamboyance often associated with top players. It was during the 2000-01 season that he elevated his game to another level, showcasing impressive performances and catching the attention of national selectors.

While lacking the natural elegance of many left-handers, Mongia compensated with a wide range of attacking strokes. His pugnacious and dogged approach to batting made him a formidable asset in the Indian team’s lineup, particularly in one-day cricket. One standout innings was his match-winning knock of 159 runs in the series decider against Zimbabwe at Guwahati in March 2002.

However, there were reservations about his technique’s effectiveness on challenging pitches abroad. Consequently, his performances during tours to England were below par and saw him reduced to a peripheral role in subsequent tours. Mongia managed to claw his way back into the national team for the 2003 Cricket World Cup but failed to make a significant impact.

In his pursuit to regain his position, Mongia played club cricket in England in 2004 and briefly represented Lancashire as a replacement for Carl Hooper. He then joined Leicestershire, where his skills were valuable, particularly in the emerging format of Twenty20 cricket. Despite these endeavors, Mongia remained on the fringes of India’s one-day squad, featuring in only four matches between September 2006 and March 2007.

Following India’s disappointing World Cup campaign in 2007, Mongia was selected for the tour of Bangladesh in May of the same year. However, his cricketing career took an unexpected turn when he joined the Chandigarh Lions in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL). In October 2008, Mongia, along with other ICL players, was suspended by the league. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) eventually granted amnesty to these players, Mongia found himself out of official cricketing action.

With the passage of time, Mongia’s presence in the cricketing sphere has diminished. The talented left-hander hasn’t played an official match since his suspension from the ICL, leaving behind a sense of unfulfilled potential.

Dinesh Mongia may not have been showered with extravagant praises, but he etched his name in the annals of Indian cricket as a determined batsman. While his technique limited his impact overseas, his contributions in domestic and limited-overs cricket cannot be undermined. As the years go by, Mongia’s story serves as a reminder of the countless cricketers who toil behind the scenes, quietly accumulating runs and making their mark on the sport they love.

Dinesh Mongia Career Stats

Dinesh Mongia Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 1 1 0 38 38 38 45 84.44 0 0 4 1 1 0
ODIs 57 51 7 1230 159* 27.95 1721 71.47 1 4 122 8 21 0
FC 121 183 19 8028 308* 48.95 - - 27 28 - - 121 0
List A 198 184 27 5535 159* 35.25 - - 10 26 - - 85 0
T20s 32 30 0 633 50 21.1 557 113.64 0 1 69 7 11 0

Dinesh Mongia Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 57 21 640 571 14 3/31 3/31 40.78 5.35 45.7 0 0 0
FC 121 - 4037 1687 46 4/34 - 36.67 2.5 87.7 - 0 0
List A 198 - 3834 2976 116 5/44 5/44 25.65 4.65 33 5 1 0
T20s 32 29 523 535 28 3/19 3/19 19.1 6.13 18.6 0 0 0

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