Tiwary credits Dhoni
- Amity Infinity 2017-05-17 11:30:56
The cricketing brains of Steve Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have helped Rising Pune Supergiant become one of the best teams in the IPL X, feels Manoj Tiwary. Rising Pune came into the IPL last season and were led by Dhoni. This year, the wicketkeeper-batsman was replaced by Australian Smith. They are on the verge of qualifying for the play-offs having picked up eight wins from 12 matches. Asked whether Dhoni's inputs were helping Smith and the team in general, Tiwary said: "There is no need for me to say anything really... We have all seen that on the television (how Dhoni is helping Smith and the team)." "Mahi bhai has been helping Smith really well. He, being the wicketkeeper, has the best possible position to guide the players. Not only has he helped Smith, but also other players with their positioning. He manoeuvres the fielders well." Tiwary said Smith is a kind of captain who doesn't want to talk too much off the ground. "Smith is also under a lot of pressure on the field... But that way he has been very co-operative. Smith doesn't talk too much off the field, but he is aggressive on it. If he has to convey a message, it is pretty loud and clear," Tiwary said. The IPL, Tiwary feels, has changed a lot over the years. "Cricket is going to the next level every day. Nowadays we get young players who are much more fearless... This is something I have seen in the Ranji Trophy and other tournaments also. They like to play from the front and is not afraid to be aggressive," Tiwary said. On the personal front, Tiwary said he is satisfied with his own batting this season, but it has not been his best effort. "My best came with the KKR when we won the title and I scored more than 350 runs in 2012. This season I had a plan... I wanted to bat with a higher strike rate no matter what the situation is," he added. Asked on Delhi DareDevils' batting, Tiwary said his team were aware of the youngsters in the rivals' line-up. "We know they have batsmen like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. They are fearless, aggressive and are batsmen with positive intent. We do respect their ability, but we don't have any special plans for them. We will react according to the situation. I am sure our bowling coach have given the bowlers ideas about it," he said.