India and Bengal batter Manoj Tiwary withdrew his decision to retire from all forms of cricket on Tuesday after announcing his retirement on Thursday last week.
In a press conference held at the Media Center of the Eden Gardens on Tuesday, Manoj said, “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.
“My wife also scolded me after I posted the announcement on social media. After that, I spoke to Snehashish (da), and he convinced me to play for Bengal for one more season. The love and respect I got from CAB is unforgettable, and you must remember that what CAB does for its players is unparalleled. I would like to apologise to fans and my well-wishers, and I hope to give my best next season and bring glory to Bengal.”
Tiwary last played for India in 2015, when a second-string side toured Zimbabwe for an ODI series, scoring 34 runs in three ODIs.
Before that, Tiwary was given a short run in the India squad during the 2011–12 season, when he made his highest score of 104 not out against West Indies in Chennai before being dropped soon after. He played 12 ODIs and three T20Is - between 2008 and 2015 - and was part of the India squad for the 2012 T20 World Cup, but didn’t get a game.
Tiwary, however, continued to have a flourishing First-Class career with the Bengal side. He has scored over 9,000 runs at an average of 48-plus, with 29 hundreds and 45 fifties and a highest score of an unbeaten 303. Bengal finished as the Ranji Trophy runner-up last season under Tiwary’s captaincy.
Tiwary also played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiant, Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) and Punjab Kings in the IPL (Indian Premier League).
Tiwary is currently West Bengal’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports.
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