I play cricket in the morning and do office work in the evening, Manoj Tiwari’s special conversation with NDTV

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“That note.” It was an expression of love for my wife. I am a cricketer and I am also into politics. She is taking care of the house, I also have a child who is only 4 years old”

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Although the right-handed Bengal cricketer could not manage to win the Ranji trophy for his team this time, but the determination of Tiwari, who is also the Sports Minister of Bengal, this season was worth seeing. Bengal had to face defeat at the hands of Madhya Pradesh in the semi-final match. The team led by Abhimanyu Easwaran had a great performance in Ranji this time by Madhya Pradesh.

Let us tell you that Tiwari is the MLA of Trinamool Congress from Shibpur constituency of West Bengal and also the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports of West Bengal, and at the same time he is also an active cricketer. Manoj Tiwari while talking to NDTV told how he plays his dual roles.

My team members are very helpful, I am available on the phone at night so if there is an emergency, everything is setup. I believe in preparation and if you do well in it then anything can be managed. It was a challenge for me, but I have been able to complete it so far. If you stay focused, you can do that.” Asked if ministry work doesn’t distract him from cricket, Tiwary said: “No, it never happened (laughs). When I am playing cricket, I don’t think about politics and when I am in my office I don’t think much about playing.

When I am playing cricket, all the paperwork reaches my hotel. In the morning I play cricket, and then in the evening, I sign that paperwork and send it back by courier. Sports ministry is a ministry where I am sports minister, there is a minister in charge, so he takes care of things.

After a scintillating century against Madhya Pradesh in the first innings of the Ranji Trophy semi-final, Tiwary celebrated by displaying a handwritten note for his family. Talking about it, he said: “I have come to know that it has gone viral on social media (laughs). The mentality was, in life, our wives do a lot for us but we take these things lightly at times. Let me take this should not happen.

She notes “It was an expression of love towards my wife. I am a cricketer and I am also into politics. She is taking care of the house, I also have a child who is only 4 years old. She is watching everything It’s a very difficult task, I thought I should express it, normally, I don’t do such celebrations on the field but I felt I should show the world how much I love him.

This is what motivates him to go ahead in terms of playing cricket and talking about what is his motivation, Tiwary said: “My motivation is to help Bengal win the Ranji Trophy. My dream is to be a Ranji Trophy champion. I have played final thrice but every time we have been runner up. I want to be champion, since I am playing cricket, my dream has always been to win Ranji trophy.

When you know that there is no chance of you making a comeback for Team India, then you always think that you want to be Ranji Trophy champion, it always stays with you as a cricketer. More importantly, he wants to gift the people of Bengal by winning the Ranji Trophy.

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