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Manoj Tiwary Honoured With Golden Bat By Bengal Cricket Association

image-lssy6434Sourav Ganguly and Manoj Tiwary | Source: X.com

In a fitting tribute to his illustrious career, Manoj Tiwary was presented with a golden bat by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for his outstanding feat of scoring more than 10,000 runs in first-class cricket upon his retirement. 

The CAB honoured Bengal Captain Manoj Tiwary on the day of his retirement from all forms of cricket. He was presented with a golden bat and ball memento by CAB President Snehasish Ganguly.

In a poignant moment at the iconic Eden Gardens, Manoj Tiwary, the centre of attention, delivered an emotional farewell speech, expressing gratitude to the board and his family for their unwavering support throughout his career. 

"I miss my father today, who passed away in 2017. My mother and my wife have been my motivation. They complete me," Manoj Tiwary said.

The former Bengal cricketer also spoke about his admiration for Sourav Ganguly. 

"Dadi [Sourav Ganguly] was this young, fair left-hander when I first came to Eden Gardens. I thought, 'This is really the Prince of Kolkata, and I need to play like him," he added.

Manoj Tiwary further paid tribute to the stalwarts of Bengal cricket administration, such as Jagmohan Dalmiya, Sourav Ganguly, Avishek Dalmiya, and Snehasish Ganguly, acknowledging their support and guidance at different phases of his career. 

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly also lauded Manoj Tiwary for his stellar contribution to Bengal cricket, stating he will remain one of the favourite sons of the Bengal soil. 

"Manoj, you will be remembered in golden letters in Bengal cricket. You are a very talented cricketer. But there is a saying, 'Being at the right place at the right time.' It may not have worked for you, but you gave your best years to Bengal cricket, and as long as cricket is played here, you will remain one of the favourite sons of the soil," Ganguly spoke about Tiwary. 

Manoj Tiwary also received heartfelt video messages of appreciation from his senior teammates Deep Dasgupta and Rohan Gavaskar, former India teammate Harbhajan Singh, coaches Sairaj Bahutule and WV Raman, and his fellow Bengal squad member Mohammed Shami.