Veteran batter Manoj Tiwary has decided to reverse his retirement and rejoin Bengal’s red-ball squad for one final season to pursue Ranji Trophy glory. Tiwary, who had recently declared his retirement on social media, shared his renewed commitment to the game during a press conference held at the Eden Gardens’ Media Center.
Tiwary’s initial retirement announcement had stirred the cricketing community, prompting discussions about his decision. In the presence of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Snehashish Ganguly and Hony Secretary Naresh Ojha, Tiwary explained his change of heart and his aspiration to provide his team with the leadership and experience required for a triumphant Ranji Trophy campaign.
Last season, under Tiwary’s captaincy, Bengal clinched the runner-up spot in the Ranji Trophy. However, the coveted title remained just out of reach. In light of this, Tiwary expressed his determination to rewrite the narrative and steer Bengal toward championship glory in the upcoming season.
Addressing Tiwary’s abrupt retirement, Snehashish Ganguly expressed his surprise and emphasized that a player and leader of Tiwary’s stature deserved a more befitting farewell. “He has contributed immensely for Bengal Cricket, so he deserves a special and proper farewell,” Ganguly stated.
Tiwary’s original retirement note on social media resonated with gratitude and nostalgia. He expressed his deep appreciation for the sport, acknowledging the pivotal role it played in his life’s journey. He conveyed heartfelt thanks to his coaches, particularly Manabendra Ghosh, whom he referred to as a “father figure” coach. Ghosh’s guidance and mentorship were instrumental in shaping Tiwary’s cricketing career.
During his career, Manoj Tiwary represented India in 12 ODIs and three T20Is between 2008 and 2015. He made his mark not only on the international stage but also in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tiwary’s cricketing journey began in 2004 when he debuted for Bengal in first-class cricket. He was also a pivotal part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), contributing to the team’s IPL title-winning campaign.
In his statement during the press conference, Tiwary shared his perspective on his earlier decision to retire, acknowledging its unforeseen impact on his family, teammates, and fans. His wife’s reaction, in particular, played a role in his reconsideration of the decision. Tiwary expressed sincere apologies to his well-wishers and fans, pledging to dedicate himself to Bengal’s cause for one more season.