Manoj Tiwari played a fantastic knock during the Ranji Trophy match against Hyderabad at Kalyani on Monday. (PTI Photo)
Manoj Tiwary hit a spectacular triple century for Bengal on day two of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match against Hyderabad on Monday.
Playing with a 'specially customised bat', Tiwary showed a class act as he paced his innings beautifully to reach score his first-ever first-class triple hundred. What makes this knock even more special is that he did it in an innings where no other batsman got a century.
Tiwary (303*) counter-attacked the Hyderabad seamers as he scored freely, hitting 30 fours and five sixes in his 414-ball unbeaten knock. He became only the second player from Bengal, after Devang Gandhi (323), to score a triple ton.
However, the 34-year-old right-hander did survive a scare when Hyderabad's Ravi Kiran dropped him in the 105th over of Bengal's innings.
Desperate for an outright win to keep their qualifying hopes alive, Bengal, who chose Kalyani over Eden Gardens, found the going tough early on to be reduced to 60 for three inside 15 overs on day one before making a recovery and eventually declaring at 635/7.
IPL snub "hard to digest"
Speaking to news agency PTI, Tiwary said: "It was difficult to digest the fact (IPL snub). But that's the reality. Obviously, it feels bad when you see so many youngsters playing and I sit back at home watching. Those shots I could have hit. It's a harsh reality for me."
"At the moment India are winning. It's difficult with the way India are shaping right now. But anything is possible in this world.
"Confidence is my strength. I always have to keep hope. Age is just a number for me," the 34-year-old said after his unbeaten knock.
"It's difficult to say about my comeback... I cannot select myself. But for someone with 8000-plus runs (8752) at 50-plus average (in first class cricket), you should see the consistency, the quality of knocks and not just individual brilliance."