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Manoj Tiwary puts up a brave face

Calcutta: Manoj Tiwary stood behind his bowlers inspite of their inability to bowl Gujarat out from an extremely favourable position.

“They had tried their best and extracted the maximum out of the wicket. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish it off. Still, I’m happy with how we bowled although there are some areas we need to improve upon,” captain Tiwary said , on Tuesday.

Having obtained three points from this Ranji Trophy Group A tie, he put up a brave face, assuring that the morale of the team wouldn’t be down despite failing to win.

“Morale will not be affected. Also, as a captain, I make sure that it doesn’t happen. The weather too had played a big part over these four days,” Tiwary explained.

Missing a bowler in Laxmi Ratan Shukla too turned out to be a big factor behind the result, as Tiwary pointed out. “He had sustained a shoulder injury from the second day. That’s why he couldn’t bowl.”

Meanwhile, Bengal announced a 16-member squad for the next three matches. Left-arm spinner Aritra Chatterjee is the only new face.

“Prior to the start of this match, three points against Gujarat would have been fair enough. That we didn’t win is a different issue altogether. So, there was no need to make changes,” Bengal chairman of selectors Deep Dasgupta said.