Mumbai:Representing a team in the plate division of the country's premier domestic competition - the Ranji Trophy - is not a disadvantage, feels Jharkhand and Mumbai Indians batsman Saurabh Tiwary.
"It is not difficult (to motivate yourself to play in the Plate division). If you perform, it will be counted," the 20-year-old southpaw said in Mumbai on Tuesday.
"The captain of the Indian (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) team plays in the plate division," he pointed out.
Tiwary, who has been a vital cog in the Mumbai Indians middle order and has played a crucial role in the team's campaign so far in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), said that the cash-rich Twenty20 League could not be compared with any domestic competition in the country.
"The IPL is a good platform and cannot be compared with any other domestic tournament in the country. Here if you score even 20 runs you get noticed. You get more press coverage whereas in domestic cricket even a hundred may not be noticed," he added.
Tiwary, who has notched up scores of 53, 61, 25, and 30 in the four matches he has played for Mumbai Indians', said he was happy at getting the opportunity of batting higher in the order.
"It feels nice when you are pushed higher in the order and the captain shows faith in you," he said.
Tiwary, who sports a long glowing mane similar to the one Dhoni sported a few years ago, said he learnt much from the Indian skipper.
"Dhoni is quite senior to me and I have played very few matches with him. But whenever I played with him, I have learnt a lot from him. He reads the situation very early. Whenever we are not on the cricket field, he talks about things other than cricket and how you should live life," he said.
Asked about his interaction with Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Saurav Ganguly on the eve of the team's match, Tiwary said, "I spoke to him hardly for two minutes. He asked me to continue playing well."
On the form of Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Tiwary said, "The team has learnt from the previous years. With each passing year, the team had different experiences. This time we have some good domestic players."
To a query, Tiwary said he batted well with middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu as both had spent a lot of time together in the practice camps.
"Rayudu and I have attended a lot of camps together. (The understanding between us is such that) he and I can run without even calling."