East win T20 natl meet in style; Manoj hails new stars
18th February 2017
With an all win record East Zone skipper Manoj Tiwary firmly believes that while clinching the Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter Zonal Trophy the team gave birth to a set of new stars.
They achieved the feat thrashing West Zone by eight wickets today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. East had earlier defeated North, South and Central zones by 8, 6 and 7 wickets respectively.
East Zone won the toss and chose to field. The home side put up a quality 150 runs on the board. However, Virat Singh's unbeaten 58 off 35 balls and Ishank Jaggi's 56 off 30 balls ensured East polished off the chase in 13.4 overs.
Among the bowlers, Preetam Das topped the barrel for East Zone taking 2 for 25. He was backed by Sayan Ghosh and Pragyan Ojha with wicket each.
Skipper Manoj Tiwary said, "Despite shortage of time we managed to get such a good result because of the inspirations we got from our coaches and the support staff. And also, we had a clear communication in the team which helped the result. As a captain I have allowed the players to play freely that helped them believe in themselves.”
Asked about his role as a captain, he said, “This is the second Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy that I have got. The last one was the zonal and now is the National. It is always important to make a statement in Mumbai and the fact that we made it is a fantastic news.
“We told ourselves that we are playing against three zone that are loaded with stars. We don’t have stars in our side. But by the end of the tournament a few stars would be born. And this is exactly what has happened. You have seen the players playing well throughout the tournament. They gave their best and did the job well,” said Manoj.
“I am extremely happy with the way they played. I am also very proud for the boys. This was a fabulous tournament for us. We have played as a team and have shown the world, when you play as units you can do wonders,” Manoj concluded.
Team Manager Arup Bhattacharya added, “The team played like family. Everybody did their job to perfection and that was the recipe for success. We had no stars so we depended on each other and it showed.”
West Zone 149/5 in 20 overs (Sheldon Jackson 52; Pritam Das 2-25) lost to East Zone 153/2 in 13.4 overs (Virat Singh 58*; Ishank Jaggi 56) by eight wickets.
CAB MEDIA DESK