"I spent a considerable amount of time with Laxman bhai recently during CAB's Vision 2020 camp. While his technical inputs were priceless, what stood out for me was his advice to stay in present and just focus on very next assignment," Tiwary, who returned after a vacation in Europe, said.
"He (Laxman) has followed my career closely. He told me, 'Manoj, it's not easy to make comeback after so many injuries. It's already a hardwork, so it's all the more necessary for you to shut out negative thoughts and concentrate on being a better cricketer than what you are at the moment.' I found his words very encouraging," said the Bengal batsman, who has 253 runs from 9 ODIs.
For the 29-year-old, the most important aspect will be to get his share of chances in the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, where India play three ODIs and two T20 Internationals.
"I am going with a blank mind. Because, too much of planning can clutter your mind. I don't know at what position I will be batting. It will be a different plan if I am out there in the 10th over and a different plan batting in the 45th over.
"All I want is to get opportunities to perform and represent India for long time. The selectors have given me an opportunity and I better not disappoint them," said Tiwary.
Tiwary also has a very pragmatic approach about what will happen when the seven regulars including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Test captain Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma make a comeback.

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