Manoj Tiwary during a Ranji Trophy game.
Manoj Tiwary during a Ranji Trophy game.

With the ongoing season of the 2016/17 Ranji Trophy currently underway, the focus shall remain on the fringe players. When the mainstream players opt for a rest or are injured, it is the performances by these fringe players that matters a lot. One such individual has been Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary.

Tiwary who has represented India in 12 ODI’s, has remained out of contention for quite a while. Tiwary last represented India in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2015, when the Ajinkya Rahane led young Indian side toured the African nation. On the sidelines of his practice session, Tiwary opened up in an interview and spoke about his ambitions.

Below, are the excerpts from his interview.

On being ignored in the IPL and Duleep Trophy…

See I was not picked by any IPL franchise because I suffered a bad calf muscle injury before the auction. That’s why nobody was sure about my fitness. But yes, not being picked for the Duleep Trophy surprised me. I feel I am still as good as any other player and my performance will be noticed sooner than later.

Bengal’s fortune for this Ranji season…

I always believe if you want to win the Ranji Trophy , you will have to beat the best sides. So it’s good to be in a strong group. We are up for the challenge. I see Bengal lifting the Ranji Trophy this time.

Optimistic about the campaign…

I am optimistic because I feel Bengal cricket is going in the right direction. We have developed good work ethics and all the boys are working hard. The Vision 2020 project has helped us a lot. The youngsters have learnt a lot from VVS Laxman, Muttiah Muralitharan and TA Sekar, who have had one-on-one sessions with the boys.

 

 

 

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