Things didn't quite go Ashok Dinda’s way on Sunday when Kolkata lost to Chennai by three runs. He dropped a catch, which cost the team dear. Had he held on, the visitors would have been 54 for one when the storm stopped the game. Going by the Duckworth-Lewis system (D/L), the match would have ended in a tie.
This may have nothing to do with his ordinary performance on Sunday, but he was seen partying at a city nightclub on Saturday night. Dinda was shaking a leg, glass in hand (could be a soft drink), with a few friends at the lounge bar till around 3 am, just 13 hours before the start of the match.
Bar manager S Dutta said Dinda did come to their lounge bar on Saturday night and stayed there till the wee hours. The Kolkata IPL team's director (media and team), Joy Bhattacharjee, offered a straight bat when
contacted him and refused to comment. He said: “We aren't dealing with children. Our players are old enough and responsible enough to know what to do and what not to do.”
Dinda has been one of the few Kolkata players who have stood out.
was the first to turn the spotlight on Dinda after his stellar performance in the first game in Bangalore. His bowling in the first two matches and the brilliant run out against Delhi are certainly among the high points of his struggling team.
The Kolkata team does not have stringent rules that require a team member to return to the hotel within a set deadline.
However, coach John Buchanan and the support staff do insist that everyone has a good night's sleep and proper rest before match day, a team member said on the condition of anonymity.