Manoj Tiwari is confident of making a comeback

There are quite a few players who haven’t been greeted by their fortunes in the past. Having been hapless throughout, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwari has failed to portray his consistency in the international arena, despite scoring well in the domestic circuit.

The 31 year-old has scored 287 runs in 12 ODIs, with an undertone average of 26.09, including a ton against West Indies. The right hander was last featured in a one-day series against Zimbabwe in 2015, wherein he was left dejected with low scores (2, 26, 10).

Tiwari who is leading Bengal in the Ranji Trophy fell for 15 on day one of the ongoing match against Madhya Pradesh at the Palam Cricket Ground. He spoke to Crictoday in an exclusive interview at stumps.

Here are the excerpts –

What was your mindset while opting to bat first on a green wicket?

In any such match, toss is an important factor to develop strategies further in the game. We had a look at the wicket, but it is not that lively, though it can be called a green-top. It was not even damp as compared to Lahli or Dharamshala. That is the reason we decided to bat first and put up some runs on board, so as to get a decent lead in the first innings. There were few soft dismissals on our side, which could have been avoided, but then our batsmen showed character, having played well.

Why did your innings stumble on Nagpur wicket against Mumbai?

The wicket seemed to be quite damp on the first day. Dhawal and Shardul bowled a good line, both being in the contention for national squad. The areas which they were bowling were quite accurate and they got a lot of purchase out of it after putting us to bat first. We would have fielded as well. See, on such a track, there is nothing much a batsman can do. Few of the deliveries were unplayable.

Who has been your toughest contender till now?

It has to be Mumbai because they are a strong side and the defending champions as well. Had any other team apart from Mumbai played on the 4th innings in Nagpur, they would have succumbed to pressure. It was tough for their middle order to draw the match against us.

How do you analyze board’s decision to schedule Ranji matches on neutral venues?

Regarding the neutral venues, I can only comment after the completion of this tournament. I don’t think this is the right time to talk about that.

You have been unfortunate in the past, having failed to score consistently. How are you planning to get to the next level?

Obviously, I am working towards it. There is no point thinking about the past, it’s just that I have to focus on the present situation. I have that belief of scoring runs and making a comeback on the international level. That opportunity will come and I am pretty confident about that.

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