It was all over the news that Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain travelled from Kolkata to Delhi, just to help his team Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) tackle Dhoni. This is a young Bengal team and except Manoj Tiwary, Ashoke Dinda and Pragyan Ojha, who all have good international and IPL experience, others like rookie Kanishk Seth, Sayan Ghosh and Amir Gani have not played against Dhoni.
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary paid adhere to Sourav Ganguly's advice. Ganguly advised him if they try to stop Dhoni from scoring they have to bowl him wide outside the off-stump. He also said that the big names these days don’t scare the new players.
"Dada told us that Dhoni is very strong straight so we should try to bowl as much as outside the off-stump. During their innings, the ball started keeping low, so I told my bowlers to bowl a bit straighter. Once he hit (Amir) Gani for two sixes, I told them to bowl outside off-stump," Tiwary said after the end of day's play.
Asked if he had any word for the youngsters who were playing against Dhoni for the first time, Tiwary said: "I spoke to the bowlers when they were bowling but I didn't speak to them anything in general. The reason being today's younger generation of players don't get intimidated by big names. They have confidence and self belief. My boys played fearless cricket and bowled well at the death. Full credit to selectors as we are now working with a terrific bunch of talented boys," Tiwary said.
The skipper did not agree that senior spinner Pragyan Ojha has had a tough time this season.
"Ojha was the joint highest wicket-taker for Bengal alongside Ashok Dinda during the 2015-16 Ranji season. He has gone through a lot but been a champion performer. He has had good perormances at the Test level also. Even this season, he has dismissed Yuvraj Singh in a Ranji match. This 5 for 71, I will take any day. The moment Ojha removed Dhoni, I knew the match was over," Tiwary said.
The Bengal skipper praised the major contributors in their victory. Abhimayu Easwaran and Shreevats Goswami laid the foundation by scoring a ton each.
"Abhi and Shree were told to wait for 10 overs and then take it from thereon. But they got off to a good start as their bowlers went haywire with their length. They laid the foundation for me to attack. About my innings, I believe it was important in the context of the match as there was someone needed in those last overs to hit big shots," he concluded.