Manoj Tiwary scored an unbeaten 303—his first triple century and the second from Bengal after Devang Gandhi—towards Hyderabad in Kalyani on Monday. This was the season’s first Ranji Trophy triple century. Tiwary, 34, hit 30 fours and 5 sixes in the 414-ball knock as Bengal turned the screws on their opponents, declaring on 635/7 and leaving them at 83/5 on the second day. Tiwary couldn’t get to Gandhi’s rating of 323, made in 1998-99, as a result of Bengal declared. “Don’t remind me of that,” mentioned Tiwary. “We would have declared at tea but how often do you have a batsman on 298 then,” mentioned coach Arun Lal.
“It was a well paced innings. He was initially very aggressive and in the middle he settled down. He is a strong, fit guy and a champion batsman. Next game against Delhi, let him get another double,” mentioned Lal. Bengal host Delhi subsequent week at a but undecided venue.
“I am happy that my first 300 came when the team was in a difficult situation,” mentioned the previous Bengal captain. Batting first, Bengal have been 60/three earlier than Tiwary and Anustup Majumdar (59) added 112 for the fourth wicket. Tiwary and Shreevats Goswami (95) added 190 for the fifth wicket.
“There have been occasions when I have missed this milestone so it was long overdue. Will cherish this,” mentioned Tiwary, whose earlier finest was 267 towards Madhya Pradesh in 2011-12. “When I came to the dressing room (on Sunday, when he was batting on 156) I saw a number of messages that said ‘first score a double and then aim for the triple’. I was very happy to see some many people cheering for me despite all the controversies I have gone through.”
Last month, Tiwary had requested India selector Gandhi to go away the Bengal change room. Tiwary, who has performed 12 ODIs and three T20Is, was faraway from captaincy this time period. Tiwary mentioned being unsold on the IPL public sale in December is a “harsh reality” that is “difficult to digest.”
“The franchises look for something which, in their eyes, I might not provide. My job is to score runs and play according to the situation be it T20, or any other form. (But it) feels bad when so many youngsters are playing and I am at home watching games,” mentioned Tiwary.