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Wriddhiman Saha was awarded Man of the Match for his stellar performance AFP

Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary today praised his state teammate Wriddhiman Saha for his Man-of-the Match effort in the second cricket Test against New Zealand, and said it was just a matter of time for the wicketkeeper-batsman to come up with a stellar show with the willow. “To play such a beautiful innings and stand out from such a star-studded dressing room speaks volumes of Saha’s performance,” Tiwary said about Saha, who hit unbeaten half-centuries in both innings in trying circumstances to help India register a comprehensive 178-run win over New Zealand and reclaim the top spot in ICC Test rankings. tan in UAE two years ago. Unlike others, the Kiwis have the knack of sensibly applying themselves in subcontinental conditions. They, in fact, quashed the likes of Yasir Shah on rank turners. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Saha remained unbeaten on 54 and 58 in two innings of the recently concluded Test at the Eden Gardens here to earn the Man of the Match award, his first in international cricket. “Having played together for so many years, I always had confidence in him. It was just a matter of time that he played a quality knock. To have brought this at his home ground made this doubly special,” Tiwary said about Saha’s fifties, the stumper’s fourth in 17 Tests. Tiwary further said Saha has expressed his willingness to play the Ranji Trophy opener for Bengal as they open their campaign against Uttar Pradesh in Jaipur from October 13 to 16. Also read: Wriddhiman Saha says his plan was to play aggressively

“Should the Indore Test (October 8-12) finish early, he (Saha) will join the team in Jaipur,” Tiwary said. Bengal, meanwhile, announced a 16-member squad for their first two matches against UP and Punjab in Bilaspur (October 20-23).

Bengal squad: Manoj Tiwary (c), Shreevats Goswami (wk), Agniv Pan, Pankaj Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Sudip Chatterjee, Ashok Dinda, Mukesh Kumar, Veer Pratap Singh, Amir Gani, Writtick Chatterjee, Ayan Bhattacharya, Prosenjit Das, Pragyan Ojha, Ishan Porel