Dinesh Mongia hangs his boot after being out of international cricket for 12 years

The left-handed batsman was last seen playing for Punjab in 2007.
Dinesh Mongia hangs his boot after being out of international cricket for 12 yearsDinesh Mongia has featured in 57 ODIs for India in which he amassed 1230 runs. (Photo: Getty)
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Former India all-rounder Dinesh Mongia finally retired from all forms of cricket on Tuesday having not played for the country in the international circuit for almost 12 years. He was the part of the Indian cricket team, which finished second in the ICC World Cup 2003 in South Africa.

The left-handed batsman was last seen playing for Punjab in 2007. Mongia made his international debut against Australia in 2001, in which he could only manage 2 before getting run-out. The left-handed batsman has featured in 57 ODIs in which he amassed 1230 runs at an average of 27.95. In his 7-year-old ODI career, Mongia just managed to score one century, but it came in a series-decider encounter against Zimbabwe at Guwahati in March 2002. He scored an unbeaten 159 in the match, helping India secure a comprehensive 101-run victory.

Mongia was handed a ban by BCCI for taking part in the Indian Cricket League (ICL). While  Most players banned by the Board for their association with the ICL were granted amnesty, Mongia remained the lone cricketer who was kept out of the official circuit.

Mongia was made a State selector by the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) in the last season.

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