Mohanty was part of Indian team from 1997 to 2001, but with the rise of left-hand pacers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra, he soon went out of favour with the selectors. Mohanty's tragedy had perhaps been the fact that the selectors had not known what exactly to do with him or where to fit him in.

He was a part of the 1999 World Cup squad. His bowling action was so unique that it was used for the official graphical logo of the 1999 World Cup tournament.

He has represented India in 45 ODIs and two Test matches. He scalped 57 wickets in 45 ODI matches at an average of 29.15 and an economy rate of 4.99 which seems quite impressive.

In domestic circuit, he picked 417 wickets in 117 first-class matches and 160 in 129 list A matches, before retiring from all forms of the game in December, 2010.

Mohanty's 10 wickets haul:


In February 1999, Anil Kumble became the first Indian bowler and the second ever after England’s Jim Laker to pick up all 10 wickets in an innings, against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

Two years later another Indian bowler picked all 10 wickets in a domestic match. It happened in January 2001 during a Duleep Trophy match between  East Zone and South Zone at the Bir Bikram College Stadium in Agartala.

Odisha medium pacer Debashish Mohanty did this against South Zone. Out of his 10 wickets, two players were Indian greats VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid.

When the match ended Mohanty had become the sixth Indian bowler to pick up all 10 wickets in an innings. His figures read 19-5-46-10.

Mohanty’s exploits with the ball continued in the second innings as he picked up four more to take his tally to 14 for the match and helped East Zone win by four-wicket.

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