Saurabh Tiwary had to face sloganeering and booing after he scored a forceful century in Jharkhand’s Vijay Hazare Trophy match with Services in Kalyani in West Bengal on Tuesday. The reason? His century guaranteed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not have to bat, denying the crowd the chance to see the star in action. While Jharkhand won the match easily, Tiwary went back to the dressing with a lot of catcalls ringing in his ears.
The fairly large crowd, already fed on some athletic fielding from Dhoni when Services were batting, was expecting him to come out and deliver a few fireworks with the bat also.
But Tiwary, alongside Ishank Jaggi, ensured that Dhoni didn’t have to don the batting pads, as they stitched together a 214-run stand as Jharkhand chased down the 277-run target easily, winning by seven wickets.
But as the side approached the target, the crowd understood that they may not get the chance to see Dhoni in action, and yells of “Saurabh Tiwary hai hai,” started echoing as he approached his century.
The crowd however was not totally denied as Dhoni did put up a fine show on the field, snaring one catch and effecting two run-outs. But the 3000-strong Kalyani crowd wasn’t too pleased that he didn’t bat.