Manoj Tiwary spent a major part of the last year on the benches. But after he did well when he finally got the chance against Sri Lanka in the One-Day International series recently, Tiwary seems to have sealed a place in the starting XI, at least for the next few matches. And, wiser at the end of a roller-coaster year, Tiwary said that he is treating every international match as his last.
"I have learnt that I should treat each and every game as my last chance to perform at the international level," said Tiwary. "Whether it's with the bat or the ball, I have to just perform. I would be lying if I say that I wasn't under any kind of pressure. If you sit out for long, you tend to feel the jitters."
Tiwary, earlier known as a competent batsman and above average fielder, has added wicket-taking leg-spinner to his repertoire now, and that has made him more confident. "I knew that I have the temperament and confidence to perform on a big stage. I know that even if I don't get a chance to bat or bowl, I can save at least 12-15 runs with my fielding," said Tiwary. "When I reached Chennai for the short camp before the Sri Lanka tour, I was regularly bowling a lot of leg-spin and I could sense that my skipper was happy. He has told me to bowl more and more along with my batting."