On Sunday, February 18, Manoj Tiwary, the seasoned cricketer from India and Bengal bid farewell to his professional cricketing career during his state team’s final fixture in the Ranji Trophy 2024 against Bihar.

The 38-year-old’s retirement stirred up conversations as he openly questioned the decisions made by legendary India captain MS Dhoni, particularly regarding his exclusion from the playing XI despite a noteworthy century against West Indies in 2011.

Tiwary’s international journey, though brief, showcased glimpses of his talent. Debuting against Australia in 2008, he played 12 ODIs, accumulating 287 runs at an average of 26.09, including a century and a fifty. Despite displaying promise, he found opportunities scarce, with just three T20Is to his name, where he managed 15 runs in a solitary outing.

His versatility extended beyond batting, as Tiwary also contributed as a part-time bowler, securing five wickets in ODIs, with notable figures of 4/61 against Sri Lanka in 2012. However, his last appearance for India came in 2015 during an ODI against Zimbabwe.

In reflecting on his career, Tiwary expressed frustration over being dropped from the playing XI post his century in 2011, lamenting missed opportunities to cement his place alongside modern greats like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Despite his stellar First-Class record of 10,195 runs from 148 matches at an average of 47.86, inclusive of 30 centuries and 45 fifties, Tiwary’s international journey remained underwhelming.

Tiwary’s retirement serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by talented cricketers striving to make their mark amidst stiff competition and selection dynamics. While his questions directed towards Dhoni may remain unanswered, his dedication and contributions to the sport leave a lasting legacy, inspiring aspiring cricketers to persevere despite the odds.

As Tiwary bids adieu to the field, his journey stands as a testament to the resilience and passion that define the spirit of cricket.

By Ritik Sharma

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