Calcutta: Manoj Tiwary was not at all surprised on being appointed captain of the India A four-day squad that will tour Down Under next month.
He is rather focused on grabbing the responsibility and the opportunity with both hands. “It’s not the first time that I’ll be captaining. I had led the India under-19 team as well.
“I feel I do have the captaincy skills. So, the news of me named captain wasn’t surprising for me at all.
“Mind you, it was under my leadership that Bengal won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy some years ago. I’m ready to do it my way,” Manoj said on Wednesday.
Practising with tennis balls should help in coping with the bouncy pitches in Australia, Manoj emphasised. “How you deal with the bounce in Australian pitches is of paramount importance.
“I’ll be practising with tennis balls as they can play a significant role in tackling the problem,” he said.
Scoring important runs in local matches have helped a good deal with his preparations for India’s upcoming ODI series versus Bangladesh.