The Curious Case of Manoj Tiwary

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The regular run scorer in the Ranji format, the Bengal Ranji Team captain Manoj Tiwary has always been unlucky in his cricketing career. From the shoulder injury just before his debut to get dropped after scoring a century, this guy has seen it all.
He was selected for the Bangladesh tour in 2007, but he got injured just before the debut and had to sit out for 8 months. His next call was for 2008 Commonwealth Bank Tri-series where he got only one innings and scored 2 runs before he fall prey to Brett Lee. He did not receive a call for three years. In India’s horrendous tour of England he only got chance in the 5th ODI where he scored 24. Then on his next 2 calls he scored a ton in one against West Indies and took 4 vs Sri Lanka. After that he was picked for two series, but was benched throughout.

It’s really surprising how selectors can give only one single game to judge a player in the international arena who has his bag full of runs. Someone dropped after scoring a century and taking 4 wickets away from home, it’s rare or rather say, that was the first. Only Ganguly was dropped from the team after a century against Zimbabwe. But the scenario is completely different in both the cases.

Not only in the national side, but also in the IPL he faced injustice. Despite of having a great 2012 and 2013 season and scoring two match winning shot boundaries in the pressure situation to give KKR the title in 2012, he was not retained by KKR. He was benched for many of the matches for Delhi.
Talk about unlucky! This guy defines that word.

When the team was needing a substitute for Ganguly and Laxman in the batting order, Tiwary and Badrinath were the perfect fit for that. But they were not selected and obviously selectors are still searching frantically. Just a simple question – If player like Binny can get a whole series, then what is the problem with Tiwary? Maybe after departure of Dalmia, it is quite hard for a player from east zone to book a place in the national side.
Nevertheless, Bengal fans will always remember him for taking Bengal to elite group from plate. No one will ever forget his maiden ton or the 200+ against mighty Mumbai in the Ranji semis.

Wish you a very Happy Birthday, Manoj Tiwary and best of luck for future.

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