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Dinda, Kuila carve records in Bilaspur
22nd October 2016
On the day when Ashoke Dinda emerged as the highest wicket taker as a pacer for Bengal, Amit Kuila makes a thumping debut taking 5 wickets.
They say fast bowlers hunt in pairs. Bengal did exactly that as veteran predator Ashoke Dinda and young turk Amit Kuila destroyed Punjab taking 5 wickets each to give Bengal a vital first innings lead in Bilaspur today.
While Ashoke Dinda gave a timely reminder to all with his rich form, Amit Kuila made the right impression on debut sharing the spoils with the senior pro.
For Kuila this is perhaps the best evening of his life, "I am feeling fantastic. When we began in the morning we had a plan. We knew that we just had to put the ball in the right places. And wickets fell."
His first coach Sushil Sikaria was ecstatic, "He is a fine bowler and deserves a very long run. He comes from a needy family and he needs to do well to turn things around not only for him but also his family."
Amit hails from a lower middle-class family in Kharagpur. His father Sahai Kuila worked in a cement factory and is out of job for the last two years. and struggled to meet both ends. But talent does not pick and choose. So Amit was blessed with cricket skills that needed exposure.
He came to Kolkata and under the tutelage of Sushil flowered at Aikya Sammelani.
All he needs is to continue the good run. Asked wont this create the burden of expectations, Kuila said: "There is no burden. The coach and the captain supports me all the time. I just want to go out there and bowl my heart out."
Taking 5 for 76 in the debut match, has set the ball rolling. Sushil added that he practices hard and just dreams about the game. Another bowler who has risen from humble backgrounds and made it to the indian team is Ashoke Dinda.
He may be out of the reckoning at present, but the five wickets have come at the right time for just 58 runs. "My job is to take wickets and the rest is up to the authorities," he saiod adding: "It felt great taking Yuvraj Singh's wicket. He is the pillar of Punjab batting and to get him out was the real deal."
Asked about being the highest wicket taker for Bengal, Dinda said: "I am working hard. I feel blessed that I have been able to serve Bengal cricket."
He has now 320 wickets, overtaking Ranadeb Bose.
Dinda talking about Kuila said: "He is very talented, very hard working and aggressive. He reminds me of myself when I began my career."

Arindam Basu