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Bengal getting ready, Manoj focussed on new season

31st July 2021
Bengal probables are going through rigorous training sessions before the start of the season under head coach Arun Lal and Assistant coach Sourasish Lahiri, along with other support staff.
Lahiri expressed his happiness over the hard work put in by the youngsters and the commitment shown by the senior players in the team. Bowling coach S S Paul spent a long time with the bowlers.

The 5-hour session included fitness training, net sessions and gym. The think tank also put in some effort on honing the batting skills of the Bengal bowlers to make sure the tail wagged when needed in the forthcoming season. Talking about the young players of Bengal, Lahiri said: "We have very promising bunch of boys with us. We are training hard to make them physically fit and mentally strong to deal with the pressures of matches. They are responding really well. Training, net sessions, gym they are doing it all in our 5-hour session and it will make them tough and ready."

When talking about the commitment and sincerity of the senior players, Bengal assistant coach said: "They're tremendous. They have huge experience with them, they are performers and have been serving Bengal for a long time, so whatever they share or do to guide it's going to help the young players prepare well."
"They are very focused about their training, working hard. That's going to inspire the youngsters," he added.

Talking about balancing between cricket and politics, Senior Bengal cricketer and Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Manoj Tiwari said: "Whenever I step in the field it's all about the player in me. I have played for Bengal till last season. I played domestic T20 tournament, but had to withdraw from the 50 overs due to injury and after that I decided to get into politics. Whenever I am at my area or constituency I think about doing good work for the people, about helping them. I stay focused on both my roles and thanks to the almighty I am being able to balance both well."

Talking about his goals this season, he said: "We look forward to play well as a team and individually I always want to give my best, score the highest runs in the country in the BCCI domestic season. We are always eager to win trophies for Bengal. We did not have a good run in T20, ODIs. We were runners-up in last Ranji Trophy and that momentum was there, but the meet did not happen because of the pandemic. This year all the tournaments are going to be played. We want to win Ranji trophy and focus on other tournaments too. If we play well and win in those tournaments we will have a good momentum be going in Ranji. Boys are working hard, training in morning followed by net sessions. I certainly hope the hardwork yields good results".

Arindam Basu