Under -19 tournaments has been beneficial for Team India from a long time. Although many have come and gone but few had an ever lasting impact in International arena. Batch 2008, is one of the rare batches that gave India many players, one of the stand out performers in U-19 World Cup 2008, Virat Kohli is now leading Team India in longer format of the game, while Ravindra Jadeja is one of the leading performers in world cricket, however Manish Pandey had to wait a while for his turn, but he has been superb as well.
But, for every star that has emerged, there are others who have fallen off the radar. One name that comes to the mind is Saurabh Tiwary. Tiwary is one of the rare talents that comes from the same state from where MS Dhoni emerged and he was also a part of Kohli's winning team in 2008. Saurabh is having a fantastic Ranji Season as player and captain.
Saurabh Tiwary led Jharkhand successfully into Ranji Trophy Semi final for the first time, that too in the absence of designated captain Varun Aaron. Saurabh Tiwary, who had been in the leading run scorer charts form past 5 years, played second fiddle to Ishan Kishan and Ishank Jaggi in the ongoing Ranji Season and chipped in with the vital scores at vital times.
Speaking to EspnCricinfo, Tiwary talked about his journey, having played last International game 7 years ago, on completing 5000 runs in Ranji and much more.
Talking about the negativity and thoughts of quitting the game, Tiwary said, "It's hard to explain how one comes out of that negativity. It takes time"
He further added, "But, it's like what they say about a dropped catch - if you can get him out once, you can get him out again. Likewise, if I have come into the team once, I can make a comeback as well. In India, there have been so many such players that have done well and have been out of the team. But it's not as though all their cricket careers have finished."
Talking about his achievements, Tiwary adds, "The biggest thing for me, from my childhood, was seeing Sachin Tendulkar sir. Just playing with him in the IPL with Mumbai Indians was the biggest thing for me, so I think of the times I got to bat with him."
He further adds about his childhood, "Even before joining school, I joined a cricket academy, so cricket is something that I cannot live without, I cannot leave this and go anywhere else, irrespective of whether there is money or not. When I was playing the Ranji Trophy in 2006-07, I remember I used to get 8000 rupees as match fees. I had the same passion back then that I have today."
Talking about his future dreams and chances of making a comeback in Team India, Tiwary said, "The target will always be to make a comeback to the Indian team. But at the end of the day, I need to feel a certain happiness when I complete a season, When I stand in front of the mirror, I need to know that whatever I have done over the course of the season, I have done it with honesty."
He further concludes, "In cricket, you learn something from every match you play, whether you win or lose, whether you score 100 or zero. It is said that for a batsman, his peak is from 26 to 30. Right now, I am at that age. I have been batting well throughout this season; it's just that I have been unable to convert the starts into big scores. It's not as though I am playing a poor shot; I have been getting out to good balls. Hopefully, a match will come along where I can make a big one."