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Sunday, 14 April 2024 8.47 PM IST

'Why was I dropped from Indian team after I scored a century?' former cricketer says he will ask this when he sees Dhoni


KOLKATA: It is not at all easy to get into the Indian team. It is even more difficult to secure a place in the team. Even some of the biggest talents in domestic cricket have failed to secure their spots in the national team. Manoj Tiwary is one such player. Tiwary, who is also Bengal's Minister of State for Sports, recently announced his retirement from professional cricket this Ranji season.

Talking to reporters after a felicitation function, Tiwary opened up about the challenging period that he went through in his career. He said that he was dropped from the Indian team for 14 matches after scoring a century in ODI cricket.

"When I see Dhoni, I will ask him why I was dropped from the playing eleven in 2011 after scoring a century. I too had the potential to be a great player like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. But I was not given a chance," Tiwary said.

Manoj Tiwary made his debut for India in 2008 in Australia. On December 11, 2011, he scored a century in international cricket against the West Indies in Chennai. He also won the Man of the Match award for his century performance. However, he was dropped from the team for the next 14 matches. He later got a place in the team in 2012 against Sri Lanka. Tiwary said that keeping a player out of the team when he is in his best form will affect his confidence.

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