Former all-rounder with the Indian national team, Dinesh Mongia was a part of the side that finished as runners-up in the 2003 World Cup. He has now announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. He last appeared on the field for Punjab in 2007 before he became a part of the Indian Cricket League but was, however, subsequently banned by the board.
He made his debut with Punjab for the first time in 1995-96 seasons. He was a consistent but not so extraordinary performer until the 2000-01 season when he took scoring at the domestic stage to a whole new level which inevitably ended in him being called up to the national side because of his solid innings. Not being the most gifted of batsmen, he did possess a wide range of shots from the cricketing manual and selected them wisely. He always did a decent job when called up to the one-day side, with no innings more memorable than the one against Zimbabwe where he scored 159 runs in the series decider in Guwahati on March 2002.
He finished his career having played 57 ODIs but without playing a single Test match for the Indian National Team. He has recorded 21 centuries in 121 first-class matches.
Dinesh Mongia also played cricket in England representing Leicestershire and Lancashire.
Mongia also played in the controversial Indian Cricket League which folded in 2009. The tournament did not have the support of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or the International Cricket Council (ICC) and as a result, players who were attached to the tournament were banned. Most of them banned their association with the ICL however, they were granted amnesty later but that was not the case for Mongia who remained the lone cricketer kept out of the official cricketing circle. He, therefore, ended up without any connections to the cricketing scene in the country.
Mongia was made a selector for at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) to overlook talents in the state in 2018.
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