India in Bangladesh 2014 May 29, 2014

'I knew my time would come' - Tiwary

ESPNcricinfo staff

It has been almost two years since Manoj Tiwary last played for India, but the Bengal batsman, who made the 15-man squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh, insisted that he had never lost hope during his prolonged period on the sidelines.

He had missed much of the current domestic season due to knee problems, and had injured his back and shoulder in 2012-13.

"Look, when I was out of the squad, it was because of my knee injury and not poor form," Tiwary told PTI. "Just before that I had scored a hundred for India A against Australia. So once I was match fit, I knew my time would come."

Bangladesh, though, invokes mixed feelings for Tiwary. He had made heads turn with a stellar campaign for Bengal in the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy where he scored 796 runs at 99.50, earning a call-up for the 2007 tour of Bangladesh, but a shoulder injury sustained during training delayed his international debut.

"Injuries and Bangladesh invoke strange kind of feeling in me. It was Bangladesh in 2007, where I received a maiden call-up and then had a shoulder dislocation.

"But it is also in Bangladesh that I am making a comeback in the national team. Indeed, life has come a full circle for me with this call-up."

Tiwary did eventually make his first appearance for India in February 2008 against Australia, but after a 15-ball struggle against Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson, he did not play another international game for more than three years. More disappointment would await him, as after collecting his maiden international ton, against West Indies in Chennai, he was once again benched for 14 games.

Tiwary said that his on-off international career had made him mentally stronger. "I have had injuries and I know how to deal with them. I never lost faith in god and he wanted to test my mental fortitude," he said. "I had the support of my wife Sushmita during tough times. I knew I can`t let negative thoughts creep my mind. I love that blue jersey too much to think of anything else. In life and cricket, there are no guarantees. I have to grab each and every opportunity that comes my way.

"Once, I became match fit, the selectors told me that they would keep a tab on my performance. I am thankful to them for having trust in my ability. This is a much-needed opportunity and I would like to give my 200%."

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  • ashok on June 3, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    This series will mark and end to selection from not much sense like Mishra, Binny, Saha....

  • Jayachandran on June 2, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Its a good thing that selectors aren't considering players just by IPL performance. Good inclusions are Amit Mishra, Manoj Tiwary. I would like to rate players based on consistent performance not on just one good series/tournament. Also T20 performance doesn't necessarily make you a good ODI player forget Test match.

    Remember the previous editions were Shreevats Goswami, Aravind and many others have done well in one of the seasons and not consistently. Thats why you have rely on consistency in first class cricket, otherwise you will see more failures in India colors and not a settled team. Except for fast bowlers with a strong reason to select (due to shortage) everyone else should have to play 2-3 seasons and fair well to be considered in India team. This would make India cap a well deserved recognition rather than getting a cap for a flash in the pan performance.

  • Lakshminarayanan on May 30, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Surprise, but its a rare opportunity considered by selectors. I never seen the selectors picking up the injury come back person directly without any recent form. But if you ask me, Tiwary deserves this chance, because he was with Indian Team for many series without playing a game, at last he scored a century to prove his worth, but unfortunately, after that there was no next series for him to play. Time & Injury not worked out for him. Again a rare comeback for him this time, he has to use the opportunity and stay in hunt for selections. Because currently Indian Team is still searching for a No. 4 batsman for ODI. He is one of the contenders. All the best Manoj, you deserve it.....

  • Sid on May 30, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Tiwari has had a very raw deal from the Indian selectors and Dhoni in the past. When he was fit, and probably the best candidate for a middle order slot, he was repeatedly overlooked. But that being said, he is now past it. It is very difficult to recover from such a long term injury in professional sport. Also Bangladesh is hardly a proper test of his current skills - any one of a few dozen players could have been chosen and the probability is they would have done well. I always hoped Tiwari would get a extended run in the test side, but that is now history, and I think this tour will be his swansong - I think the selectors wanted to make it up to him for his misfortunes.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    It is a good side for a short tour. I feel Sanju Samson or even Manish Pandey should have been considered ahead of Manoj Tiwary, who has hardly done anything on the field to prove his worth. Ishant Pandey should have been in the ODI team in place of Vinay Kumar. Likewise Piyush Chawla should have been in the squad in place of Amit Mishra who has proved enough for a confirmed berth for the England tour. It is rather unfortunate not to find him in the test-squad. Stuart Binny is not good enough for the tests at all. He can't be branded an all rounder. One should go to the Ranji level performance to find a genuine all rounder. Likewise Sanju Samson should have been in the test team in place of Gautam Gambhir who has managed to do well only in the T20 IPL-series Samson should be given enough scope to groom into a world-class player. Lets hope Ishant Sharma is not in the ODI squad ever. Well such is the selection board !

  • babi on May 29, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Tiwary has not shown any earth shattering scores of late. Every time I turn around he is in bandage. How can he be picked over Samson, Nair? Yes, he scored a 100 against the Windies many years ago but then I can name half a dozen such players who have done something similar. It's just that he snuck in through a regional quota. Anyway, good luck to him in the dug out as I don't see him getting ahead of Rayadu, Raina, Pujara, Rahane, Uthappa and Kedar. I am so glad Yusuf Pathan was not selected. Who needs a player who scores every 25 games:-)

  • Sanjiv on May 29, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    An injury prone cricketer. Might be best to start to pursue some administratiave roles elsewhere, Manoj?

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Tiwari don't get enough chances to play for team india.look how many chances rohit get and how much tiwari

  • Nainil on May 29, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Finally justice has been served. All the best Tiwary. You deserve it. Hope you make it big time.

  • Steve on May 29, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Based on track record thus far, Manoj seems like another Zaheer Khan in the making, if one can call that based on their respective on field achievements. Unreliable and injury prone irrespective of reasons. This might the last chance for him to cement his place if he gets a chance to play, that is.

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