Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019, Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. Credits - Twitter

Senior batsman Manoj Tiwary recently hogged the limelight after smashing a sensational maiden triple century for Bengal against Hyderabad in their Ranji Trophy Group A clash. For Manoj Tiwary, donning the Indian jersey is always his dream while adding that it is quite tough to make an Indian comeback at this point of time.

However, the Bengal batsman hasn’t ruled out his chances by adding that nothing is impossible. Manoj Tiwary who played 12 ODIs and 3 T20 Internationals for India was last seen in coloured clothing in a One-Day International match way back in the year 2015 in Zimbabwe. Since then, he has been playing domestic cricket.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary (Credits – Twitter)

The 34-year-old Manoj Tiwary scored his maiden first-class triple century to put Bengal in the comfortable position. He stole the spotlight with his unbeaten 303 from 414 balls at a strike rate of 73.19. His long knock lasted around 10 hours and 30 minutes.

Manoj Tiwary becomes second Bengal batsman to score a triple ton

It is worth mentioning here that Manoj Tiwary also became only the second batsman from Bengal to score a triple ton after Devang Gandhi’s 323 against Assam at Guwahati in the 1998-99 season. His previous best was 267 as Bengal captain against Madhya Pradesh in a drawn encounter in Kolkata in 2011-12 season.

“Anything is possible in this world. Confidence is my strength whether I score a zero or a hundred. I have always believed in my abilities and hard work,” Manoj Tiwary told reporters after the end of day’s play when asked about his chances of Indian team comeback.

Ranji Trophy 2018/19, Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary (PC – Twitter)

“I would like to thank my personal coach Manabendra Ghosh. He has helped me get better. If you have that belief in your ability, confidence comes in. Looking forward you never know what’s going to happen. Right now, the way the Indian team is shaped up, it’s difficult but you never know,” said the former Bengal skipper.

The best part is that Manoj Tiwary’s brilliant knock came at a time when he remained unsold in the recently-concluded IPL auction last month. Moreover, he also got involved in an infamous controversy when he asked national selector Devang to leave the Bengal team dressing room for his unauthorised entry.

Soon after that, he was also removed from captaincy before the start of the season with the state selectors going with Abhimanyu Easwaran. “Difficult to digest the fact that I will not be playing the IPL again this season but that’s the reality,” he said.

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