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In a heartfelt announcement, India cricketer Manoj Tiwary has decided to hang up his boots and retire from all forms of cricket. The 36-year-old cricketer's career was defined by determination, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Despite facing inconsistent opportunities at the international level, Tiwary carved out a remarkable legacy in the domestic circuit and the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Manoj Tiwary made his international debut in 2008, but the road to success at the highest level proved to be a challenging one. With only 12 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 3 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) to his name, Tiwary's appearances for the national team were limited. However, he made the most of his chances, amassing 287 runs in ODIs at an average of 26.09, which included a century and a half-century. In T20Is, he contributed 15 runs in a single outing.
THANK YOU ? pic.twitter.com/xFWCJHSVka— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 3, 2023
Although his international appearances were limited, Tiwary was a star performer in the IPL, showcasing his prowess as a T20 specialist. He was a key member of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squad that lifted the IPL trophy in the 2012 edition under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. In that season, Tiwary scored 260 runs in 16 matches at a strike-rate of 105.69, with his highest score being an impressive 59.
Apart from his time at KKR, Tiwary played a significant role in Rising Pune Supergiant's journey to the IPL final in 2017. In that season, he amassed 324 runs in 13 innings at an average of 32.40 and a formidable strike-rate of 137.28. Over the course of his IPL career, he featured in 98 matches, accumulating 1695 runs with seven half-centuries to his name.
Not just a T20 specialist, Tiwary excelled in the longer format as well. He was a legendary figure in Bengal cricket, representing his state in a staggering 141 first-class matches. Tiwary's first-class career was nothing short of extraordinary, coming tantalizingly close to the coveted 10,000-run mark with an impressive average of 48.56. His first-class journey included 29 centuries and 45 half-centuries, further cementing his status as a prolific batsman.
Besides his achievements in first-class cricket, Tiwary showcased his versatility in limited-overs cricket, playing 169 List A matches and 183 T20 matches for Bengal. His contributions to the state cricket were invaluable, and his dedication to the game earned him the admiration of fans and peers alike.
"Manoj Tiwary's decision to retire from all forms of cricket marks the end of an era in Indian cricket. His resilience, consistency, and unwavering commitment to the sport serve as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers across the country. While his international career may have been limited, his impact on the domestic circuit and the IPL will be etched in cricketing history forever."
As Tiwary walks away from the game, he leaves behind a legacy of excellence and sportsmanship that will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers. The cricketing fraternity bids farewell to one of its finest, and we wish Manoj Tiwary all the best for his future endeavors. Thank you for the memories and the magic, Manoj Tiwary!