Home > News >

MS Dhoni told me that I will get an opportunity: Manoj Tiwary

MS Dhoni told me that I will get an opportunity: Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary scored an inspirational 191 in a Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Gujrat at Eden Gardens on Monday © Getty Images

Kolkata: Nov 21, 2012

Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary revealed that during Asia Cup India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had told him that he will get a Test opportunity.

“MS Dhoni had a word with me in Bangladesh (during the Asia Cup) and told me that I will get an opportunity. These are the challenges I am facing. It is not easy for me to handle all these. I take inspiration from Oscar Pistorius (South African Paralympic Olympian). Compared to him, my challenge is nothing.”

“At this stage of my career I can’t do much apart from scoring runs. The more big runs I score the more chances will be more available. My case will be stronger as far as selection is concerned.”

Asked about the selection committee’s decision to select Ajinkya Rahane as a middle-order batsman and rule him out, when the former is an opener and Tiwary being a middle-order batsman, he laughed off saying, “You have to ask that to the selectors. I can’t say anything on that.”

“I think I am facing lot of challenges in my career and my life also. I am trying to handle them. I love challenges. I have always done well and I believe I have the ability to score runs. If I get a chance I am damn sure that I will get runs.”

Tiwary doesn’t believe that there is any prime time in a player’s life. He dismissed the idea that if he isn’t selected during his prime time, it will be a disadvantage for him later in life.

“Personally, I do not think there is anything called prime time. My thought process is very clear; as long as you have faith in yourself you are in your prime. Whatever age you are, it is all about your thought process. If you think you are not doing well then you will never do well. I feel I am always in my prime,” Tiwary was quoted as saying in www.cricketnext.in.com.

“I can only improve my game. Nobody is perfect. I just try to work hard in the nets. I give as much as time possible to my cricket. I prepare myself and whenever I will get a chance I am very confident of scoring runs.”

When asked whether Sachin Tendulkar’s presence in the team is blocking way for youngsters to get a chance in the team, he denied.

Do you think Sachin Tendulkar’s presence in the middle order blocking the way of young players like
Tiwary draws inspiration from Yuvraj Singh, on his terrific return to cricket after suffering from cancer.

“Personally, I have very few people in my inspiration list but he is the latest addition. Coming straight from cancer very few people would think of resuming their careers again. It is not a joke. Whenever I met him, I see desperateness in his eyes. He is a big brother to me.”

The 27-year-old is unsure whether the weak present of Bengal in the BCCI is a reason why young cricketers like him aren’t getting much chance in the national side.

“I do not know, I generally do not think much on selection lines, to be honest. But I think the guys who are getting selected are scoring lot of runs. I have to wait and I have to keep scoring runs. I feel it is a matter of time before I get an opportunity.”

Tiwary said he has stopped expecting anything from life and cricket as whole, when questioned about hopes of getting selected in for the remaining Tests.

“I have stopped expecting anything from life, not only cricket but as a whole. If you do not get selected you feel very disappointed. It goes on and it hampers your present life. My job is to score runs and the rest I have left to destiny.”

Tiwary feels Bengal cricket is on the right track currently.

“Being one of the senior players of the side I have to lead from the front. Thankfully, I have done well over the last few seasons. There are players in Bengal who can score runs consistently. Bengal cricket is going in the right direction and the day is not far when the Ranji Trophy will be in our hands. As a batsman, I do not set targets, honestly. We play in different conditions and its hard to set targets for that. I play according to the situations. Naturally, I am an aggressive player but I have to curve my instinct according to the situation.”

“I try to contribute every time. Whatever the scores … 191, 100, 20 or 30 … if it helps my team I am happy. That satisfies me.”

On being asked what he feels about Sourav Ganguly stating that Tiwary should have been in the Test side, the middle-order batsman said, “It is so kind of him. I have grown up watching him in Kolkata. I always look up to him. Whatever I have learnt from him I try to apply on my game. He is always been a mentor to the Bengal players.”

“The love and affection they showed for me, I really appreciate that. I try and connect with everyone. Lately, I am not using Facebook since I am more on Twitter. They are not fans, they are my friends. I firmly believe that their wishes do make a difference,” Tiwary concluded.

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Alastair Cook looks ahead to 3rd ODI at Nottingham

Zimbabwe vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, 3rd ODI at Harare: South Africa win by 61 runs

England, take ODIs seriously if you want to win

Hiralal Gaekwad: the southpaw who lost out to Vinoo Mankad

Lord Ganesha XI: Eleven cricketers who were named after the elephant God

Suresh Raina’s new avatar on India’s tour of England 2014

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Suresh Raina feels Murali Vijay, Sanju Samson, and Ambati Rayudu are options to open

Rajinikanth finds a fan in Ross Taylor!

Prosper Utseya’s hat-trick in vain as South Africa clinch 61 run victory against Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI

India tour of England 2014: Alex Hales wants to play Test cricket

Aditya Verma: Will oppose N Srinivasan or BCCI if AGM is delayed

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Key clashes

Statistical review of most centuries scored in a single day in ODIs

India enjoy an Emphatic victory against England in the 1st ODI — just like the first Test

Rilee Rossouw’s golden duck ‘feat’

Rohit Sharma’s injury gives Murali Vijay a new lease of life in ODI career

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

666 Posts | 6 Fans

12 runs in one ball

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Watch Stephen Hawkins endorse the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI at Hambantota: Key clashes

Apple iWatch won’t ship until next year: Report

Canada Welcomes 150,000 New Citizens In 2014

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee celebrate Ganeshotsav with the team of Khamoshiyan – view pics!

Patti Tripathi: From News Director to Entrepreneur to Women’s Empowerment

NGOs pursue education for all

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Key clashes

Apple iPhone 6 photos with full casing leaked ahead of September 9 launch

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here