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‘Want Dinda to play in Tests’

Calcutta: Ashok Dinda made his International debut more than four years ago, in December 2009, representing India in a T20 International against Sri Lanka, but is yet to make his Test debut.

But he can be hopeful of a brighter future because he has now got the backing of a legendary fast-bowler to support him in his endeavour.

Waqar Younis, who is in the city as consultant for CAB’s Vision 2020 project, spent a lot of time with Dinda, at the JU Salt Lake campus ground, on Monday, fine-tuning the latter’s skills.

“Dinda is a good bowler… I had seen him earlier also… There are two-three things in his bowling which needs to be adjusted or changed so that he can be a better bowler. We have also made video recording of his bowling and we will sit with him… We have discussed about those things and will work out a process. If he works on that, I hope that in two-three months, he will be a better bowler,” Waqar said.

The Pakistan great, however, is not in favour of too many changes. “I will never suggest any big changes… I’m not in favour of such changes unless it is for a 15-16-year-old. Dinda is an international player, so I can’t just fiddle with his action. There are little things, like wrist positioning, which can be taken care of.”

Waqar wants to see Dinda playing Tests soon. “I had seen Dinda in the IPL… And he bowls at good pace too. I think he could have played Test cricket much earlier… But now, our aim is to try and work on his weaknesses in the next six months. We want to make him a Test player,” he said.

At the camp, Waqar mentored the pacers while Muttiah Muralidharan spent a lot of time with budding spinners.

Waqar later revealed that he is a big fan of Rahul Dravid. Murali, on the other hand, believes that Harbhajan Singh still has it in him to make a comeback to the national side.