Manoj Tiwary has handled his status as Indian cricket's latest 'almost man' with dignity, and after scoring a wonderful century against the Australians for India A on Sunday (February 17) at the Guru Nanak College ground in Chennai, he reiterated that he was fine as long as the runs kept coming.
"I'm very happy with my contribution. Most importantly, it's come against a touring side. Obviously compared to the quality of bowling we face in domestic cricket, it's much better and if you score runs against them, it gives you great satisfaction. After all the hard work we do, it feels good when the results come,” said Tiwary. "I was very conscious of making big runs, to convince myself that I could score runs against a quality attack."
Having scored 338 runs on the first day, there was speculation as to whether India A would declare after Tiwary, unbeaten on 77 overnight, got to his century on the second day. "After playing a couple of overs in the morning, the plan was to bat till the tea session," clarified Tiwary, who scored 129. "I could have easily carried on batting but I played a loose shot and lost out on 20-25 runs there. The idea was to score quickly, but in trying to hit a good ball, I got out.