Manoj Tiwary is again—in kind and as captain. Against Delhi, Tiwary will lead Bengal within the Ranji Trophy Group A tie at Eden Gardens on Monday.
“I had asked for time to think about it,” mentioned Tiwary, 34, after coaching at Eden on Saturday. Stripped of the captaincy this time period after main Bengal for 4 seasons, Tiwary will stand in for Abhimanyu Easwaran who’s on India An obligation in New Zealand.
“This is the first time such a situation has arisen in my career. I said yes because it would not go down well if I turned this down especially because there is a chance to qualify (for the quarter-finals). If Bengal need my services and I decide to play only for myself, it wouldn’t have been fair on the team,” mentioned Tiwary, who scored an unbeaten 303—his maiden Ranji Trophy triple century—in opposition to Hyderabad on Monday.
Bengal are third within the Elite Cross Pool standings with 19 factors from 5 video games; Delhi are on 16. The prime 5 groups unfold throughout two teams qualify for the semi-remaining. Both groups gained their final spherical—Bengal beat Hyderabad and Delhi defeated Vidarbha.
Asked if it was troublesome to renew being captain after starting the season as a senior participant, Tiwary mentioned: “It helped that I am in the right frame of mind now. I think captaincy has a lot to do with gut-feel and I have a lot of experience to draw on.”
On what’s more likely to be a green prime, Tiwary mentioned it will damage Delhi extra to come back right here with out injured India quick bowler Ishant Sharma, than Bengal lacking Easwaran on the prime of the batting order.
“If bowlers get it right, it is possible to dismiss most teams inside 100 on such a wicket. The ball will cut and there will be unplayable deliveries. Also, Easwaran hasn’t been among runs this term,” mentioned Tiwary. Easwaran’s prime rating this time period is 42, in opposition to Gujarat.
On an identical observe right here final January, Bengal beat Delhi by seven wickets—driving Easwaran’s second innings rating of 183—after conceding the primary innings lead. In each innings, Bengal bowlers had struggled to dismantle the decrease-order after placing Delhi beneath stress.
“We need to learn from that,” mentioned Tiwary. “Mukesh Kumar is now an experienced bowler and Akash Deep has good pace—he has scared batsmen into getting out—and is in good rhythm. I have played a lot of club cricket (at Mohun Bagan) with Nilkantha Das and I know he can get top players out. If they can express themselves and if we can provide them the right support, we can take a lot from this game. Our target is to get six, if not seven points,” mentioned Tiwary.
Having debuted this time period, Deep, 23, took 6/60 in opposition to Gujarat and had a match haul of seven/104 in opposition to Hyderabad. Ishan Porel is on India An obligation and Tiwary mentioned Das, 31, may make his debut.