Senior Bengal cricketer Manoj Tiwary, who has played 15 international matches for India, has a plan to play another ten years.
On Tuesday (17th December), Bengal have started their journey in the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 with the Group A match against the hosts Kerala. The 34-year-old former Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary is now serving the side as the senior cricketer after leaving out his long-term captaincy ahead of this domestic season.
In his early cricket career, Manoj Tiwary was famous for his consistent batting performances. For his impressive performances, he earned the national team call-up for the first time in 2008. Later, he earned some frequent call-ups in the national team, but he hasn’t got many consistent opportunities in the playing XI for the national team.
Manoj Tiwary has played 12 ODIs and three T20Is where he has scored 287 runs (average 26.09) and 15 runs (average 15.00). As a leg-spinner, he has also taken five wickets in ODI career.
While Tiwary’s international career hasn’t lasted long, he is still a regular Bengal player for a long time. While he is currently 34-year-old, he has the plan to play another ten years. Talking about this, he has given the example of Wasim Jaffer, Zaheer Khan etc. like Indian cricketers, who are still active in this game.
Tiwary told ESPNcricinfo, “I’m not going anywhere. I’m 34 and I plan to play another ten years. I know it’s not going to be easy. If Wasim [Jaffer] bhai can play for so many years if Zaheer Khan can roll his arm at 42 and still get wickets at T10, why can’t I? Michael Jordan, LeBron James, so many other athletes. Nobody will question LeBron James – he’s 34 I guess. He’s going to continue for another 3-4 years.”
I want to score more than 1000 runs this season – Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary has set the target to score 1,000+ runs in this domestic season. To achieve this target, he is ready to improve himself in every aspect.
He added, “So that’s how I want to break it down. Three years [at a time], or two. I’m not going to go (out) so easily. I want to score more than 1000 runs this season. That’s my aim. I’m working towards it. Whatever is required to be done, whether it’s physical or planning my innings in a better way.”
Manoj Tiwary is concerned about his batting technique as he feels that he needs to build up the tighter technique for the Ranji Trophy.
He said, “I’ve chalked out a few areas where I need to work as far as my technique is concerned. Getting my technique a bit tighter for the Ranji games. Which is always the challenging part when you play shorter formats before the Ranji season, you want to play Ranji in the same flow.”
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