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Sourav lauds team: Manoj praises Vision 2020 plan
2nd November 2016
Former India skipper and CAB President Sourav Ganguly today lauded the Bengal Ranji Team for the consistent performance on neutral venues and hoped they would continue to do so in the series.
“This is the first time the teams are playing in the neutral venues and we have done quite well so far. Still a long way to go and we hope that the team will keep on performing well. This is a young side and all are playing well which is the best news for a team,” Ganguly said at a private get together of the Bengal team at CAB clubhouse.
He then went on to congratulate Manoj Tiwary for leading the team so well and praised Ashoke Dinda for his feat as a pacer for Bengal. “I congratulate Manoj (Tiwary) for the way he is leading the team and also (Ashoke) Dinda for becoming the highest wicket taker for Bengal as a pacer,” Ganguly added.

Sourav oozed confidence that this young side will continue to play well and will give players who will go on to play at the highest level. “I hope these young players continue to go on and play cricket at the highest level,” Ganguly said.
Meanwhile, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary was confident that the team will put up a good show in the second phase as well. “This is the effect of Vision 2020. The tips and guidance we have got from the experts are coming to good use. The team looks much better equipped even on foreign conditions,” he said.

“We are playing well as a unit. The best thing is that the batsmen are getting runs, the bowlers are getting wickets. Everyone is contributing is one way or the other. We have a great support staff in Joydeep Mukherjee and Ranadeb Bose and coach Sairaj Bahutule has held the team together and kept the morale very high,” he said.
Talking about the coach, Manoj added: “He (Sairaj Bahutule) has won the Ranji trophy and knows how to win. He is bringing in his experience and this winning mentality which is invaluable.”
Talking about the next few assignments, he said: “Gujarat are playing very well. We are level on points but they are ahead on run rate. There there are Tamil Nadu and Mumbai. This is going to be a tough leg, but we have beaten Mumbai in the KSCA tournament and will hold a psychological edge,” he added.
The entire team was present for the occasion and the bonhomie was apparent.

Arindam Basu (with inputs from Sayan Banerjee)