Former India pacer Ashok Dinda has hit out at vile trolls aimed at him in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Bengal star is not a part of the ongoing season but is still being targeted every time a bowler is having a bad day at the office. Fans across social media are morphing images to take a sly dig at Dinda. Things went out of hand when Royal Challengers Bangalore’s official Twitter handle followed the trend too and mocked the senior cricketer.
Every time a bowler has bowled an expensive spell this season, the fans have taken a shot at Dinda by saying that the bowler has joined ‘Dinda Academy’. The term ‘Dinda Academy’ has gained fame in the last couple of weeks, with trolls claiming that bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat have graduated from there. Yadav and Unadkat have been taken to the cleaners by the batsmen in IPL 2019, prompting many to recall the way Dinda was occasionally thrashed when he used to bowl in the IPL.
Dinda’s infamy has lived on through the years in the form of trolls and memes, and even Royal Challengers Bangalore’s official handle couldn’t resist the temptation of using the trend. RCB’s account was actually defending Yadav who had been mercilessly trolled on social media after he conceded 24 runs off one over against Chennai. After his subsequent good performance against Kings XI Punjab, the account took a dig on his haters by posting a tweet which stated, “Dinda academy? What’s that?”.
Dinda has seemingly been hurt by all the memes aimed at him. The fast bowler has now taken to social media himself, posting a picture on Instagram addressing his haters, reminding them of his career achievements. He addressed the post to the haters who he feels need to get their statistics right before trolling him. He further added that their opinion does not matter as it is not true.
“Haters, helping you get you statistics right. Stop and stare well your opinion is not my reality. So shut your hating selves and keep me out of your mouth,” Ashok Dinda captioned the post where he shared his domestic stats.
Ashok Dinda last played for India way back in 2013 during the home series against England. Dinda has played 13 ODIs for India, in which he has taken 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.18 and an average of 51. He has also played 9 T20Is in blue jersey, in which he has taken 17 wickets at an economy rate of 8.17 and an average of 14.41.
While Dinda has been trolled a lot over the years, his record in the domestic as well as international level clearly go on to show that he wasn’t as bad a bowler as the jokes suggest. No player would get a chance to represent his country unless he has the talent and the performances to back it up. The trollers and meme makers would do well to keep this fact in mind before continuing with the same old jokes.