India news August 26, 2013

Injured Tiwary likely to miss Ranji season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary has been advised a four-month rehabilitation spell after two knee surgeries, as a result of which he is likely to miss most of the Ranji season.

"If I make it to the Ranji knockouts, it will be a bonus. Realistically, I am looking at the Ranji one-dayers," Tiwary told ESPNcricinfo.

Tiwary received treatment in London after twisting his knee during a football drill for the Kalighat cricket club in Kolkata two months ago. The BCCI asked Tiwary to fly to England soon after to meet Dr Andrew Williams, a British orthopaedic surgeon and knee specialist, for consultation and immediate surgery.

"You can't fight destiny," he told the PTI. "The doctor has told me specifically that a minimum of four months is required for rehabilitation and I have to take it from there on. Right now, I am just ready to take one day at a time. I just want to be fit before I can resume playing."

Tiwary went through a second surgery in London after he was diagnosed with internal bleeding post the first surgery. "After first surgery, one day, I went to washroom and felt unbearable pain in my knee. I went back to the doctor, who examined and found that there was a lot of internal bleeding. It needed another surgery to flush out that blood. Dr Williams was relieved to find out that there was no infection which could have been career threatening."

Tiwary, 27, has been part of India's limited-overs squads since 2008, but has featured in the XI in only eight ODIs and three T20s. In the last one year, he has suffered a spate of injuries that have kept him out of action from time to time.

He previously suffered a shoulder injury during the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final against Delhi in March, just a month after making his return to competitive cricket in the Irani Cup for Rest of India against Mumbai. During this year's IPL, he was out for a week because of a bruised right hand he suffered against Kings XI Punjab on April 26.

In December last year, he was prescribed six weeks rest after sustaining a back injury during the Ranji Trophy. As a result, he missed the Twenty20 and ODI series against both England and Pakistan.