Former Indian cricketer Manoj Tiwary, whose international career spanned for only 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is, has groaned for not getting enough chances. He opined that there was ‘enough space’ in the middle order where he could have fitted.
Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, Manoj Tiwary got the opportunity to play for India. In 2008, he played the first ODI match where he scored just two runs. But after the wait of over two years, the batsman got the second ODI match. He went on to score a match-winning century against West Indies in 2011 but then also, he was in an out of Team India’s set up. Tiwary had to warm benches for several consecutive series. Eventually, he was dropped from the team in 2015.
Manoj Tiwary disappointed on giving less opportunities:
While talking to Sportskeeda, Tiwary recalled the India tour of Australia 2011-12 when the middle-order had miserably failed to score runs. He expressed that he could have been given a chance during that time.
“There was enough space in the middle order that I could have fit in along with these guys. When we went to Australia, most of the middle order was not getting runs,” Manoj Tiwary added.
Tiwary was asked whether he would have replaced Rohit Sharma in the team. He refuted any such claim, stating that Rohit is a fantastic player and he doesn’t want to compare himself with anyone.
“I do not want to compare myself with anyone. Rohit has been a fantastic cricketer.”
Manoj Tiwary last played for India in 2015 against Zimbabwe. Overall, he amassed 287 ODI runs, including one century and a half-century, at an average of 26.09. The right-hand batsman continues to play for his state team, Bengal in domestic tournaments.
The 34-year-old has so far played 125 First-class matches, scoring 8965 runs, including 27 centuries and 37 half-centuries.