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Tiwary upbeat

Calcutta: Manoj Tiwary might be having every reason to feel aggrieved on being snubbed for the Test squad against England. But the Bengal captain, thereafter, has done little to prove the selectors wrong.

Tiwary, though, is aware that the current scenario demands urgency, especially as Bengal have once again gone off the track after Punjab smashed them earlier this week. “I feel I’m getting off to good starts without being able to convert them into big ones. It becomes easier once one gets past the 30 and 40-mark.

“This is the area I need to keep in mind. And I’m quite confident that it’s just a matter of time before I come up with a big score,” Tiwary retorted on the eve of the clash against Gujarat, at the Eden.

About Bengal’s habitual inconsistency, the captain said that losing the grip over the game in one bad session generally makes all the difference in the end. “It has happened to us in the pastů One bad session did cost us a game. So, we must ensure we keep up our good work session after session,” Tiwary stressed.

Though there’s not much to choose between the two sides, Bengal’s bowling attack — at least on paper — may provide them with an edge over Gujarat. That said, the team management prefers not to read too much into the advantages at their disposal.

“It’s a case of how well we perform over the four days of play. As far as our opponents are concerned, we need to respect them,” said Woorkeri Raman.