Having been in the sidelines for over a decade, Manoj Tiwary is yet to make his Test debut    Getty Images
Having been in the sidelines for over a decade, Manoj Tiwary is yet to make his Test debut Getty Images

It has been over a decade since Manoj Tiwary has been on the national fringes. He has not been the luckiest man. Injuries and lack of opportunities have contributed in hampering the Bengal skipper s run at the highest level. Having made his ODI debut in 2008, he has played only 12 ODIs in nine years but still continues to dream of donning the Test cap. He has been overlooked for India A, a team he has often captained in the past; however, after a fruitful domestic season, Tiwary remains hopeful that he can be the answer to India s missing link in the middle-order. ALSO READ: Manoj Tiwary blasts Rashid Latif for his video criticising Virender Sehwag

Yes, I believe so. I have done well over the years and shown tremendous consistency. It is about getting that opportunity now, said Tiwary in an interview with Hindustan Times when asked if he thinks he could be India s answer to the middle-order woes.

Tiwary had come into reckoning even before Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The likes of Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey and others have eclipsed him in terms of selection but Tiwary refuses to see them as competition and is confident of earning the Test cap.

I believe I will make it to the Test team in future. I ve full faith in my ability and my game. Also, I have been playing first-class cricket for quite some time and the statistics are there to prove it. I don t see any of them (Nair, Iyer, Akhil Herwadkar and Priyank Panchal) as competition. I would love to keep performing and help my team reach heights across all formats. The rest, I leave it to destiny, added Tiwary, who averages 52 in First-Class cricket and over 40 in List A.

Dhoni has lot to contribute

Tiwary played most of his cricket for India under MS Dhoni s reign and recently played alongside for the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) camp in IPL. Tiwary, who went unsold in the previous season, was one of the stars for RPS and played an instrumental role in guiding the team to the final. Tiwary said he had a difficult role to play for his side as he was promoted when wickets fell early and had to drop the anchors. And if the team got off to a good start then he would play the role of a finisher.

Tiwary s teammate Dhoni was far from best this IPL. There is an ongoing buzz if Dhoni should call it quits but Tiwary feels otherwise.

I would say he still has a lot left in him. And knowing him, he will retire on his terms and in his own way. For example, we have seen how he retired from Test cricket. So, let s just leave it to him to decide when he wants to call it quits, the 31-year-old further added.