Rajkot: Ashok Dinda and Pragyan Ojha were allegedly involved in an altercation on the eve of their Ranji Trophy clash against Tamil Nadu on Sunday (November 13), according to the reports.
The incident took place during the warm-up practice session a morning before at the Madhavrao Scindia Stadium in Rajkot. During the football game, Ojha wasn’t happy with Dinda’s tackle. Soon after, the pacer allegedly called him an ‘outsider’ referring to the move the left-arm spinner made from Hyderabad to Bengal last season.
After the practice session was over, the team manager was seen having a word with Dinda as the players got together for breakfast. However, no words were visibly exchanged between the two players.
“The provocation did not come from Ojha who is a very cool fellow,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official said. “It was Dinda who took a powerful shot that whizzed past Ojha’s ears.
“He could have got hurt and he was annoyed as he shouted at Dinda. He then charged at Ojha wanting to settle scores and Ojha just pushed him. He fell to the ground but by then the other members had come between them.”
Dinda has been involved in a number of altercations in the past as well. Back in 2008, it was reported that Dinda had an heated argument with Shib Shankar in Gwalior when Bengal were playing an away game against Madhya Pradesh.