Manoj Tiwary (cricketer)

Manoj Kumar Tiwary (born 14 November 1985) is an Indian international cricketer who is also a politician. He is a right-handed batsman who bowls occasional leg break. Tiwary represents Bengal in domestic cricket and has represented multiple IPL franchisees like Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants across multiple editions of the Indian Premier League. He played One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals for the Indian national cricket team. In 2021, he joined All India Trinamool Congress political party and was elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly later in the year.[1][2]

Manoj Tiwary
Minister of State, Government of West Bengal
Assumed office
10 May 2021
Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee
Ministry and Departments
  • Youth Affairs
  • Sports
Preceded byLakshmi Ratan Shukla
Member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2 May 2021[1]
Preceded byJatu Lahiri, AITC
ConstituencyShibpur, Howrah
Personal details
Born (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 38)
Howrah, West Bengal, India
Political partyAll India Trinamool Congress
Manoj Tiwary
Personal information
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
BowlingRight-arm leg break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 171)3 February 2008 v Australia
Last ODI10 July 2015 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.9
T20I debut (cap 40)29 October 2011 v England
Last T20I11 September 2012 v New Zealand
T20I shirt no.9
Domestic team information
2008–2009Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 9)
2010–2013Kolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 9)
2014–2015Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 9)
2016Abahani Limited
2017Rising Pune Supergiants (squad no. 45)
2018Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 45)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 12 3 119 163
Runs scored 287 15 8,752 5,466
Batting average 26.09 15.00 51.78 42.37
100s/50s 1/1 0/0 27/35 6/40
Top score 104* 15 303* 151
Balls bowled 132 3,303 2,354
Wickets 5 31 60
Bowling average 30.00 64.41 38.58
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/61 2/19 5/34
Catches/stumpings 4/– 2/– 123/– 87/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 18 January 2020

Tiwary reversed his all-format retirement decision on 8 August 2023, less than a week after his initial announcement on 3 August 2023. He stated that he wanted one final attempt at winning the Ranji Trophy title for Bengal in the forthcoming 2023/24 season.[3]



Tiwary plays as an aggressive right-handed batsman. He made his international debut against Australia in the 2007–08 Commonwealth Bank Series in which he scored only 2 runs in his only innings. He was later included in the India team for the West Indies tour of 2011, as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh, who opted out of the series due to a lung infection. Tiwary played the 4th and 5th ODI in the series. He was later picked for England's tour of India in October. He played in the 5th ODI and scored 24 runs. He also played the only T20 and scored 15 runs. Tiwary was subsequently named in the squad for the ODIs against West Indies in November–December. He played in the 5th ODI at Chennai when India was down by two wickets for only one run in the first over of the match. Tiwary then went on build a solid innings which got him his scoring maiden ODI century (104 not out) despite having cramps and retired soon after getting his century.[4] Eventually India won the match by 34 runs and he was awarded the Man-Of-The-Match for this match-winning knock. Even after the unbeaten century, Tiwary was made to sit in the reserves for 14 successive matches following the century. However, he made an auspicious comeback as an all-rounder replacing leg spinner Rahul Sharma against Sri Lanka at Colombo as he took 4/61 from his 10 overs with his leg-breaks to restrict the hosts to 251/8. He took the wickets of Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perera, and followed it with a fighting 21 from 38 at a tough time coming at 60/3. India eventually won the match as Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten ton.

Tiwary also was picked for the Commonwealth Bank tri-series against Australia and Sri Lanka, but he didn't play any matches. Manoj Tiwary was again selected in the Indian team for the Asia Cup 2012 where again he didn't play any matches. Tiwary was also selected for the lone T20 against South Africa which was played celebrating 150 years of settlement of Indians in South Africa.

In October 2017, Tiwary played in his 100th first-class cricket match, in the fixture between Bengal and Chhattisgarh in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy.[5]

Tiwary was the leading run-scorer for Bengal in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 366 runs in nine matches.[6] In October 2018, he was named in India B's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.[7] In November 2018, batting for Bengal against Madhya Pradesh in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy, Tiwary scored his fifth double-century in first-class cricket.[8] In January 2020, in the 2019–20 Ranji Trophy, he scored his maiden triple century in first-class cricket, with an unbeaten 303 runs.[9]

Indian Premier League


Tiwary was signed by Delhi Daredevils in the initial seasons of the Indian Premier League. He was traded to the Kolkata Knight Riders in exchange for Moises Henriques before the 2010 IPL season. In the auction for 4th edition of the Indian Premier League, he was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored the winning runs for Kolkata in the final of 2012 competition.

In February 2017, Tiwary was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants team for the 2017 Indian Premier League[10] and in January 2018, he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL auction.[11]

Political career


Tiwary joined Mamata Banerjee's All India Trinamool Congress party in February 2021.[12] He was selected as a candidate for the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election in Shibpur (Vidhan Sabha constituency), winning the seat and is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal.[1] In the Third Banerjee ministry he was appointed a minister of state for Affairs of Sports and Youth.


  1. ^ a b c "Shibpur Election Result 2021 Live Updates: Manoj Tiwary of TMC Secures victory". News18. 2 May 2021. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Manoj Tiwari wins shibpur assembly seat". Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Manoj Tiwary retires from all forms of cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  4. ^ 5th ODI: India v West Indies at Chennai, 11 Dec 2011 | Cricket Scorecard. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Satish, Ramaswamy hundreds punish Punjab". ESPNcricinfo. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2016/17 – Bengal: Batting and bowling averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Rahane, Ashwin and Karthik to play Deodhar Trophy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Ranji Trophy 2018: Manoj Tiwary smashes 201 not out against Madhya Pradesh". Hindustan Times. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Ranji Trophy: Manoj Tiwary hits maiden triple hundred in first-class cricket". India Today. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  10. ^ "List of players sold and unsold at IPL auction 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  11. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  12. ^ "'A new journey begins': Cricketer Manoj Tiwary joins TMC". The Indian Express. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2021.