Kolkata: Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary on Monday praised his state teammate Wriddhiman Saha for his man-of-the match effort in the second Test against New Zealand, and said it was just a matter of time for the wicket-keeper batsman to come up with a stellar show with the willow.
"To play such a beautiful innings and stand out from such a star-studded dressing room speaks volumes of Saha's performance," Tiwary said about Saha, who hit unbeaten half-centuries in both innings in trying circumstances to help India register a comprehensive 178-run win over New Zealand and reclaim the top spot in ICC Test rankings.
Saha remained unbeaten on 54 and 58 in two innings of the just-concluded Test at the Eden Gardens at Kolkata to earn the man of the match award, his first in international cricket.
"Having played together for so many years, I always had confidence in him. It was just a matter of time that he played a quality knock. To have brought this at his home ground made this doubly special," Tiwary said about Saha's fifties, the stumper's fourth in 17 Tests.
Tiwary further said Saha has expressed his willingness to play the Ranji Trophy opener for Bengal as they open their campaign against Uttar Pradesh in Jaipur from 13 to 16 October.
"Should the Indore Test (8-12 October) finish early, he (Saha) will join the team in Jaipur," Tiwary said.
Bengal, meanwhile, announced a 16-member squad for their first two matches against UP and Punjab in Bilaspur (20-23 October).
Bengal Squad: Manoj Tiwary (Capt), Shreevats Goswami (WK)), Agniv Pan, Pankaj Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Sudip Chatterjee, Ashok Dinda, Mukesh Kumar, Veer Pratap Singh, Amir Gani, Writtick Chatterjee, Ayan Bhattacharya, Prosenjit Das, Pragyan Ojha, Ishan Porel.