Veteran Bengal batter Manoj Tiwary, who is in charge of the Bengal team will retire at the end of the Ranji Trophy 2022-23 season. The right-handed batter while hinting at his retirement also expressed his desire to win Ranji Trophy for Bengal this season.
Tiwary, 37 has been Bengal’s marquee player in the domestic circuit since his debut in 2004. He has yet to win the Ranji Trophy title, after having played three finals during the 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2019-20 editions. Bengal had qualified for the semi-finals in the previous edition but lost to Madhya Pradesh by 174 runs.
Tiwary scored 60* in the knockout game against Uttar Pradesh & helped his side win the game by 6 wickets. Following Bengal’s win, Tiwary said, “We have to play like champions. We won today, but it’s not like we played exceptional cricket. If we look session-by-session, there were phases when we bowled badly. And our opening batters must score runs. If we want to win the Ranji Trophy, we must take our game to the next level.”
Tiwary is leading Bengal in Abhimanyu Easwaran’s absence
Tiwary has been leading Bengal in the absence of the regular skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is with the Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour. The 37-year-old stated he is relaxed about leading the side after three seasons.
“I am quite relaxed about leading the team. When I stepped down as the first-class captain of Bengal [during the 2018-19 season], I was told to continue as captain of the one-day and T20 sides, but I refused, telling them that we need to groom a younger player as captain. But in Abhimanyu’s absence, I realised I have to take this responsibility because decision-making is such a crucial part of the game,” Tiwari added.
Manoj Tiwary is one of the domestic cricket stalwarts with over 15,000 runs under his name in List A and First Class format combined. He last played for the Indian team against Zimbabwe in 2015, however, could not cement his place on the side. However, he continues to enjoy a good run in domestic cricket for Bengal.