England v India, 2nd ODI, Rose Bowl September 5, 2011

Tiwary scrambles to make it in time

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By Monday evening, Manoj Tiwary had taken two domestic flights in little more than a day, and was faced with a long-haul journey to London. Still, he was anything but exhausted. On Sunday Tiwary left for his home town of Kolkata from Bangalore after his BCCI Corporate Trophy match was rained out. He had already heard about Rohit Sharma fracturing his right index finger the previous evening. He sensed he had a chance. The call from the BCCI official came late afternoon, informing him that he was booked on a Monday evening flight from Mumbai to join the Indian squad.

With Sachin Tendulkar being ruled out of the series on Monday, a development which caught even the Indian squad by surprise, there were strong indications from the Indian camp of Tiwary being rushed from Heathrow airport on Monday straight to Southampton to play the match. It might seem cruel on the player but with only six specialist batsmen left in the squad India don't really have much of a choice other than playing five bowlers and going a batsman light.

Nevertheless Tiwary is no stranger to being dashed across continents to join the team at the very last minute. In the 2008 CB Series in Australia, Yuvraj Singh was forced to return home due to knee injury and Tiwary was called in as reinforcement. He reached Brisbane less than 48 hours before the match against Australia, and walked in to face Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson with barely a day's break. It was his debut. The jet lag was evident as he was bowled by a searing Lee yorker for 2.

It took Tiwary three years to make an India comeback, returning during the ODI series in West Indies in June. In his first match of the series, he was played as an opener and once again failed. In the next he batted at his regular No. 4 position but could only muster 22. India lost both matches.

But Tiwary stayed confident. In the Emerging Players tournament in Australia last month he did well in the three-day games, finishing fifth on the run charts with 306 runs from three matches at an average of 76.5 including a highest of 188.

"I made a point to myself to become to be the highest run-getter in the three-day matches as well as in the Twenty20 matches (in the Emerging Players). That was my main motive," Tiwary told ESPNcricnfo, over the phone from Mumbai.

Tiwary said he was lucky that the Indian coach at the Emerging Players tournament Bharat Arun played him as No. 4, his favourite position where he has played through his career. In the previous Emerging Players tournament in 2009, he had batted in the lower middle-order, something that did not allow him to settle down.

Tiwary said setting goals and trying to achieve them has only helped him stay in focus. "Last year the domestic season had gone really well for me. I knew if I had to make a comeback, domestic performances along with the IPL would definitely count. And I got a reward by getting on the West Indies tour followed by the Emerging tournament."

In the Ranji Trophy, Tiwary had an aggregate of 525 runs from seven matches at an average of 75. He even had unbeaten double century (233) and three fifties. In the IPL, his 359 runs was among the reasons for Kolkata Knight Riders reaching the semi-finals.

If he does play on Tuesday, Tiwary would not have much time to think about anything except making sure he has got his protective gear in shape. If the flight is on time, Tiwary will land at 7.40 am and then rush to Southampton, another two-hour drive. "It is a big opportunity to grasp because not every time such opportunities come along and I have a good chance to do well against a good side (England)."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DONT HAVE PACE..ENG WILL BEAT INDIA 4-0 IN ODI'S TOO UNLESS THEY PLAY VARUN AARON MUNAF PRAVEEN ASHWIN..COME ON HOW CANU YOU EXPECT TOP SIDES LIKE AUS,ENG,SA GIF YOU WICKETS WITH 120K'S BOWLERS..U HAVE TO HAVE PACE ABOVE 135-140 IF NOT MORE..WHENEVER INDIA HAVE DONE WELL ABROAD THEY HAD BOWLERS WHO CAN GENERATE PACE LIKE RP USE TO BOWL 140'S ISHANT 140'S BUT NOW BOWLERS LIKE VINAY KUMAR IS USELESS ..ONCE BOWL GET 10 OVERS OL GAME OVER FOR THEM

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    badrinath the most worst player! he dnt deserve a chance.manoj will be a far better option.jadeja again a waste cozd 2 defeats of India.yusuf pathan wud have been a good choice.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | September 6, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Match rained out. Tiwary catches on some much needed sleep. End of story.

  • POSTED BY BONG_IN_CHENNAI on | September 6, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    DHONI and CHIKA are furious with a (right-handed) PATHAN. Good, at least, they fear one of the cricketers; I wonder, what would have been the state of sir VIV with similar temperaments -0 specifically after failures.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | September 6, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    This ODI series is already looking a lot like the Eng V Sri Lanka test series earlier this year: almost every match lost to rain.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Let's wait and watch about how Tiwary performs despite constraints. till then everything written here is speculation.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    with due respect 2 tiwary, i dont think his inclusion/omission will make any difference. i think india better play with five bowlers[3 pacers & two spinners], even for a sake of experiment. the tour has already been a great disaster, so why bother abt the lone oneday series with 4 matches left.when five batsman cant get u runs, sixth one at the most can delay the inevitable, i.e defeat.so dont bother & play some fearless cricket.

  • POSTED BY ks1959 on | September 6, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Injury to Tendulkar is most surprising of all. BCCI, Selectors & Players are equaly responsibe for the mess and should take full blame for the same.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Hope to c u in the playing XI after this whirlwind travel efforts..

  • POSTED BY indyarox on | September 6, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    I think Jadeja will fit into the team instead of Rohit.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DONT HAVE PACE..ENG WILL BEAT INDIA 4-0 IN ODI'S TOO UNLESS THEY PLAY VARUN AARON MUNAF PRAVEEN ASHWIN..COME ON HOW CANU YOU EXPECT TOP SIDES LIKE AUS,ENG,SA GIF YOU WICKETS WITH 120K'S BOWLERS..U HAVE TO HAVE PACE ABOVE 135-140 IF NOT MORE..WHENEVER INDIA HAVE DONE WELL ABROAD THEY HAD BOWLERS WHO CAN GENERATE PACE LIKE RP USE TO BOWL 140'S ISHANT 140'S BUT NOW BOWLERS LIKE VINAY KUMAR IS USELESS ..ONCE BOWL GET 10 OVERS OL GAME OVER FOR THEM

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    badrinath the most worst player! he dnt deserve a chance.manoj will be a far better option.jadeja again a waste cozd 2 defeats of India.yusuf pathan wud have been a good choice.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | September 6, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Match rained out. Tiwary catches on some much needed sleep. End of story.

  • POSTED BY BONG_IN_CHENNAI on | September 6, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    DHONI and CHIKA are furious with a (right-handed) PATHAN. Good, at least, they fear one of the cricketers; I wonder, what would have been the state of sir VIV with similar temperaments -0 specifically after failures.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | September 6, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    This ODI series is already looking a lot like the Eng V Sri Lanka test series earlier this year: almost every match lost to rain.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Let's wait and watch about how Tiwary performs despite constraints. till then everything written here is speculation.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    with due respect 2 tiwary, i dont think his inclusion/omission will make any difference. i think india better play with five bowlers[3 pacers & two spinners], even for a sake of experiment. the tour has already been a great disaster, so why bother abt the lone oneday series with 4 matches left.when five batsman cant get u runs, sixth one at the most can delay the inevitable, i.e defeat.so dont bother & play some fearless cricket.

  • POSTED BY ks1959 on | September 6, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Injury to Tendulkar is most surprising of all. BCCI, Selectors & Players are equaly responsibe for the mess and should take full blame for the same.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Hope to c u in the playing XI after this whirlwind travel efforts..

  • POSTED BY indyarox on | September 6, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    I think Jadeja will fit into the team instead of Rohit.

  • POSTED BY Rumy1 on | September 6, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Badri's selection is the first non-bizzare thing that the selectors have done in recent times. It is interesting to note that they keep ignoring the most deserving ODI name - Md.Kaif again and again. He deserves a recall back into the ODI team. He has just made 82 in a BCCI tournament. Md.Kaif has had a superb run in the last two-three domestic seasons. At 31, he still has some years of cricket in him and is still the fittest cricketer in India today. Kaif could also fill in that elusive No.6 spot in Tests too. For Tests, Wasim Jaffer - who is the best non-playing bat in India today, needs to replace Gambhir; Pujara a standby for Dravid; Badrinath a standby for Sachin and Kaif a standby for Laxman. To fill in the shoes of these greats, you do not need greenhorns. Yuvraj, Rohit, Kohli and Raina are purely ODI and T20 materials. So they should be preserved for shorter versions. Yusuf must be brought in for T20s. There is nobody more deserving than him for a T20 slot in the country today.

  • POSTED BY nitesh91 on | September 6, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Nampally,Dhoni not ask for R.Jadeja he asked for Y.Pathan for lower order hitter,but board gives R.Jadeja who is not quick batsman at all,

  • POSTED BY ankit.uts on | September 6, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    It will be insane to play Manoj Tiwari today... Wisest thing to do will be to play Amit Mishra (he is a decent batsman which we saw in the tests) and play Manoj from the next game onwards. Although it will be tough to make a decent score with this line up if we loose a couple of early wickets... We saw how India collapsed even with 7 specialist batsmen in the T20 and 1st ODI... No one to be blamed though... One can never plan for so many freak injuries and keep so many reserve players...

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    parthiv, rahane, dravid, kohli, dhoni, raina, Jadeja!! that is 7 batsman ready to play, no need to rush in tiwary for 2nd ODI he can wait till 3rd ODI.

  • POSTED BY Ramesh_Joseph on | September 6, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Instead of rushing Tiwary in the 2nd ODI after such a long journey, it is better to play with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. Include Amit Mishra in the side that played the first ODI in place of Rohit Sharma. Mishra is a reasonable batsman and is likely to be a better bet with the bat than Manoj Tiwary on the day...After all he batted well in the Tests and has had more than enough time to get acclimitised to the conditions. Let Tiwary have a day's rest and then have a couple of days in the nets and then he can play the next ODI if needed...plus Mishra will definitely strengthen the bowling. Maybe the team can even think of dropping Vinay Kumar and include Varun Aaron in his place...be a bit of a gamble..but Varun can take wickets.

  • POSTED BY Sanjeevakki on | September 6, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @@@Balaganesh Jagadeesan You are spot on!! Only Indian IT professionals can do this..... reporting at 8 in the morning and working till 12 in the Night!! :-)

  • POSTED BY Ravenous on | September 6, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Newsflash : 'Tendulkar enters the injury list'..in other words rats jumping off the sinking ship.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | September 6, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I thought it was sourabh tiwary?. Isn't he a better player. What happened to the likes of rayudu, pandey??. how many times will we see jadeja.hughhhh

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 6, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    It would be crazy to play him on Tuesday, so the Indian selectors will probably do it.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Mr. Gollapudi... the match is on TUESDAY and not MONDAY :)

  • POSTED BY cricfan0110 on | September 6, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    @ashesm, buddy ambati rayadu is not paying the price for joining ICL, its just that except IPL he does not not perform anywhere else i.e. in domestic tournaments such as ranji trophy. Just check out the performance of the guys who are selected (to play for India) at domestic competetions.

  • POSTED BY on | September 6, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Only IT folks can travel inter-continent, other side of globe and still make it 8am office.

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | September 6, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    i dont know who are the people suggesting to go in with 5 bowlers....have u gone mad?even with four bowlers, our tail scores somewhere around 10-20 runs put together.....and leak as many runs as possible, i dont know why a 5th bowler is required.I think we should play to our strength which is batting and strengthen batting only with 7 batsmen and 1 allrounder....let raina,kohli swing their arms a bit........

  • POSTED BY TejasA on | September 5, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Mr. Gollapudi... the match is on TUESDAY and not MONDAY :)

  • POSTED BY subbass on | September 5, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    He has some pretty good 1st class and list A numbers, I'm surprised he has not played more for the Indians, still it is asking a lot to come to a new country and be at his best, so as an England fan I hope India play him !

  • POSTED BY ashesm on | September 5, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu is paying for joining ICL, there is no other reason.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 5, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Why did Dhoni ask for Jadeja to replace a batsman like Gambhir is unknown & mystical. Jadeja is only called to warm the bench. Now after broken finger of Sharma, his replacement - Tiwary - is being rushed in a mad scramble to Southampton ground. This should be a lesson to Dhoni & the Selectors to have right replacements & also to alloow for injuries to the current players by having 2 extra guys who can fit in. There shouold be an enquiry for such sloppy selection and the guilty party deserves a hefty fine.Why a batsman was not replaced by another batsman instead of a mediocre all rounder to warm the bench?

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | September 5, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I hope common sense prevails and he is allowed to rest...............he is not superman.....but will be super "jet-legged"....

  • POSTED BY shriramvasudevan1234 on | September 5, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    All the Best Manoj !!! time for indian team to show to the world why they are world champions !!!!! :)

  • POSTED BY Satish-Fonda on | September 5, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    I do not think, Manoj Tiwari would cement his place in Indian ODI team. No doubt he is a great player, but I feel he lacks temperament that is needed at international level like late Ashok Mankad. Anyway, I wish him good luck and hope he would prove me wrong. Tiwari should not be considered to play second ODI for India because of lack of rest/jetlag; instead, Ravindra Jadeja should be given another chance to play. Another player who was overlooked is Ambati Rayadu. He should be given chance to prove his talent and cement his position in ODI team. We had given sufficient time to Yousuf Pathan and he has not been consistent with his bowling and batting.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    good selection..considering that he is the highest run getter in the emerging players tournament this year..just need to transform the abilities into match winning performance

  • POSTED BY MijanurRahman on | September 5, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    He may still scramble in the next four one days.

  • POSTED BY explorer18 on | September 5, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    It might be a blessing in disguise if India will play 5 bowlers instead of rushing in Tiwary whose International record doesn't inspire much of an expectation to succeed under such extreme conditions.

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  • POSTED BY explorer18 on | September 5, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    It might be a blessing in disguise if India will play 5 bowlers instead of rushing in Tiwary whose International record doesn't inspire much of an expectation to succeed under such extreme conditions.

  • POSTED BY MijanurRahman on | September 5, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    He may still scramble in the next four one days.

  • POSTED BY on | September 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    good selection..considering that he is the highest run getter in the emerging players tournament this year..just need to transform the abilities into match winning performance

  • POSTED BY Satish-Fonda on | September 5, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    I do not think, Manoj Tiwari would cement his place in Indian ODI team. No doubt he is a great player, but I feel he lacks temperament that is needed at international level like late Ashok Mankad. Anyway, I wish him good luck and hope he would prove me wrong. Tiwari should not be considered to play second ODI for India because of lack of rest/jetlag; instead, Ravindra Jadeja should be given another chance to play. Another player who was overlooked is Ambati Rayadu. He should be given chance to prove his talent and cement his position in ODI team. We had given sufficient time to Yousuf Pathan and he has not been consistent with his bowling and batting.

  • POSTED BY shriramvasudevan1234 on | September 5, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    All the Best Manoj !!! time for indian team to show to the world why they are world champions !!!!! :)

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | September 5, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I hope common sense prevails and he is allowed to rest...............he is not superman.....but will be super "jet-legged"....

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 5, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Why did Dhoni ask for Jadeja to replace a batsman like Gambhir is unknown & mystical. Jadeja is only called to warm the bench. Now after broken finger of Sharma, his replacement - Tiwary - is being rushed in a mad scramble to Southampton ground. This should be a lesson to Dhoni & the Selectors to have right replacements & also to alloow for injuries to the current players by having 2 extra guys who can fit in. There shouold be an enquiry for such sloppy selection and the guilty party deserves a hefty fine.Why a batsman was not replaced by another batsman instead of a mediocre all rounder to warm the bench?

  • POSTED BY ashesm on | September 5, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu is paying for joining ICL, there is no other reason.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | September 5, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    He has some pretty good 1st class and list A numbers, I'm surprised he has not played more for the Indians, still it is asking a lot to come to a new country and be at his best, so as an England fan I hope India play him !

  • POSTED BY TejasA on | September 5, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Mr. Gollapudi... the match is on TUESDAY and not MONDAY :)