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Greatest moment of my life: Manoj Tiwary
Apr 20, 2007 - 8:26:11 PM
'I am planning my own game against Bangladesh,' he said.

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[RxPG] Kolkata/Ahmedabad, April 20 - Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal dasher who was Friday included in the Indian team for the one-day international series against Bangladesh, said it was perhaps the greatest moment of his life.

'This is perhaps the greatest moment of my life. Every youngster who picks up the bat for the first time dreams of wearing the country's colours. It's a great moment for me,' he told IANS from Ahmedabad where he was participating in the Twenty20 all-India championships for Bengal.

The 21-year-old right-hand batsman, often seen as the last man standing in the Bengal ranks, said he was ready to deliver for India and consolidate his position in the side.

'The feeling is just seeping in. I know I will have a role to play in the absence of seniors in the side. And I would like to take the opportunity and do well. I am ready to deliver,' said the boy from Kolkata's twin town Howrah on way back home from Ahmedabad.

The Indian squad for the Bangladesh tour, consisting of three one-dayers and two Tests, was picked Friday evening in Mumbai.

With Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly being rested for the ODIs, the young guns will have to bear the burden of the middle-order on their shoulders.

'I hope this will not be a one off series for me. I will bat well enough to seal a place in the side. I am confident of doing well,' Tiwary said.

'I always thought I had a chance and I have been watching the Bangladesh side closely during this World Cup. I am making my little preparations as every thinking cricketer,' he said.

In January, he was drafted into the India ODI side as the 12th man against the tour opener at Eden Gardens in Kolkata against Sri Lanka.

Tiwary, who is all steel and swagger, has an average of 96 in this Ranji season and is the highest scorer for Bengal in any Ranji season, bettering the record set by Arun Lal in 1993-94.

Two of his innings stand out this season. His 151 against Karnataka in the semi-final at Eden Gardens, followed a first-innings duck,was made under serious pressure after Bengal had let a first-innings advantage slip while chasing 307 on the last day.

He has also hit a double-century to bat Mumbai out of the league game at Kolkata, allowing Bengal, for the first time in their Ranji Trophy history, to inflict Mumbai with a follow-on.

'I am planning my own game against Bangladesh,' he said.

Tiwary played for Customs, Kalighat and Sporting Union before appearing for Bengal Ranji side two seasons back.

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