Ex-KKR Star Manoj Tiwary Announces His Retirement From Cricket

image-lsprs8ioManoj Tiwari (X.com)

One of the greatest servants of Bengal cricket, Manoj Tiwary, has decided to call time on his playing career. The 38-year-old is playing his last Test match for Bengal in the ongoing Elite Group B clash against Bihar. 

The ongoing clash against Bihar in the Ranji Trophy should effectively be the final match of his cricketing career. Bengal haven't exhibited a good show this season, managing a solitary win in six games. 

Manoj Tiwary has been a prolific run-scorer for the team over the years, etching his name in the annals of Bengal cricket. He, recently, took to his social media handle to announce his decision.

"Hi all, So... It's time for the one last dance! Possibly one last time for a long walk towards my beloved 22 yards. I will miss every bit of it! Thanks for cheering and loving me all these years. Would be loving it if you all come down to my favourite #EdenGardens today and tomorrow to cheer for Bengal. - A loyal servant of cricket, your Manoj Tiwary," Tiwari wrote on ‘X’. 

Manoj Tiwary boasts of an outstanding record in first-class cricket career. He has played 147 matches and has scored 10,165 runs at an average of 47.94. He has 30 centuries and 45 half-centuries to his name. 

Despite being a prolific-run scorer, the Bengal cricketer, unfortunately, wasn't given a longer rope by the selectors in internatioal cricket. Injuries at different stages in his career didn't help his cause either. He represented India in 12 ODIs, amassing 287 runs at an average of 26.09. 

It is pertinent to note that Tiwary had previously announced his retirement from the game last year as well. However, later in a press conference at the Eden Gardens, Tiwary reversed his decision, admitting that it was his impulsive nature that caused him to do so. 

"The decision taken by me was a sudden one. I was selfish in taking this decision as this might have hurt my family, teammates and fans," Manoj Tiwary said in a press conference held last year at the Media Center of Eden Gardens. 

The 38-year-old cricketer holds a substantial amount of experience of playing in the Indian Premier League. In his IPL career, he played for several franchises namely Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiant, Delhi Daredevils, and Punjab Kings.