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It's a dream come true: Tewary

April 20, 2007 21:02 IST

Bengal all-rounder Manoj Tewary is determined to make the best of the opportunity to play for India during next month's tour of Bangladesh.

"It feels great. It's a dream-come-true. From my childhood, since the time I took to the game, I wanted to play for India," Tewary said after being named in One-Day International team.

The 21-year-old lad had emerged a strong contender for a place in the Indian squad after excelling with the bat for Bengal and giving the team vital breakthroughs with his quick leg-spin this domestic season.

Known for his on-field aggression, Tewary, who led Bengal in the Inter-State Twenty20 tournament, made his first class debut for Bengal in 2004-5 and has never had to look back since then.

The attacking batsman credited his coach Manabendra Ghosh, family and teammates for his selection.

"I am indebted to my personal coach, Manabendra Ghosh, for the way he has groomed me. He made me to work hard and now, after all these years, it has paid off. My parents, other family members and my Bengal teammates also lent me solid support," he said.

Tewary said that before the start of the 2006-2007 season he had set a target of making it to the Indian team in the next two-three years.

"I was determined about this. Now, if I get a chance, I will play my heart out to establish my place in the team," said the lanky cricketer, who resides in Howrah.

Tewary, who has mostly batted in the number four slot for Bengal this season, said he is prepared to play at any position.

"I will bat wherever the team management asks me to. I have no preferences."

The 1985-born Tewary, who shares his date of birth (November 14) with former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, scored 796 runs in the Ranji Trophy this year. In his short first class career, he has played 15 matches, scoring 1150 runs at an average of 57.50.

He slammed three tons, his highest score, an unbeaten 210, coming in the Ranji Trophy engagement against Mumbai.

Having turned out in 27 list A one-dayers, Tewary has totalled 687 runs at an average of 36.15 and an impressive strike rate of 86.96.

He has also claimed five and seven wickets in first class and List A one-day matches respectively.

Asked whether his next aim is the Test side, he replied: "At this point of time, I am not thinking about that. I am now focussed on the ODI series in Bangladesh."

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