New Delhi, May 31: After hitting two boundaries off Dwayne Bravo to seal Kolkata Knight Riders' first ever IPL title by defeating defending champions Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, Manoj Tiwary feels that his maiden ODI hundred against West Indies at the same venue last year was the best moment of his career.
"I know people will remember those two boundaries but my ODI century against West Indies was the best moment of my career. I played through pain that day and also it was a make or break innings for me," said Tiwary.
Tiwary spoke to PTI before boarding a flight to London on his way to Carribean with India A team, for the tour of West Indies which is scheduled to start in the first week of June.
Tiwary said he was pleased with the way he played against Chennai on May 27, in the summit clash.
"I am extremely proud of the two boundaries I hit against CSK but the situation (was) entirely different when I played for India. I hadn't done much in the earlier matches and that could well have been my last chance. I was in acute pain due to cramps. It was an innings that kept me in the mix," Tiwary said.
When asked about his favourite ground he said Eden Gardens comes first while Chepauk comes second as his maiden ton and IPL trophy at the same ground.
"Eden Gardens will always be my favourite ground but now I have an international century and IPL trophy in Chennai. So Chepauk would certainly be second in my list of favourites. I was very confident that I would win it. I knew Bravo would dig one short and my position and balance was perfect before he bowled. That's the reason, I started running towards the dug-out once I had hit that shot," the Bengal captain fondly recollected.
Tiwary has been a regular member of India A team, and admits the fact that he is one of the 'A' team veterans.
"Myself and Shikhar Dhawan have now become 'A' team veterans," he said in jest.
"But when you have that India logo on your shirt, you feel that extra motivation. Whether it's India or India 'A', you are representing your country and it's far bigger than anything else," Tiwary said.
Though he has benched for 12 consecutive matches after slamming his maiden ton against West Indies last year, Tiwary has no regrets as he is confident of making it to the national team.
"It can happen. Earlier, I used to get bogged down by number games like who all are ahead of me and who all are lagging behind me. Now, I know only one thing. I have got a bat in my hand and I would let it do all the talking. I don't want to think about whether I am behind anyone in race for a place in the Test team."
Though he has got a lot of compliments like 'well played', 'great job done' from his support staff he says it is the unconditional love of millions of people that matters most.
"When a common man walks upon me and says that I am the reason for his unbridled joy, you start feeling special. I am a son of the soil and what matters most is love and good wishes from people of Bengal," Tiwary said.