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.

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  • Unmesh on August 28, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    You have to feel for this guy. I remember he was selected to play for India early in his career; but he injured his shoulder while diving on the boundary. It took long time for him to come back in reckoning after that. Then recently he was a serious contender for at least an ODI spot, but he is injured again. A few months back, he would have easily replaced Rohit Sharma who was having horrible time in ODIs (a string of low scores). Now, Rohit has more or less established himself as an opener. There is still a spot left in the middle order to replace Yuvi. Right now, the contenders are Dinesh Karthik and Rayudu for that spot. But Tiwari can still make it to the Indian team in a few months. I hope he is in contention for the middle order spot for the 2015 World Cup. Good luck, Manoj! Just don't rush your comeback.

  • Android on August 27, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    he is a player who comes in news for his injuries, seldom for cricket.

  • Sunny on August 27, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Hes going to be on the bench with injuries all his career?

  • RAJARAMAN on August 27, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    He was benched for a long time to give long rope to others ... and whenever he came close to selection in XI, he injured himself ... that is sheer bad luck and hope he gets over this episode of injury and comes back stronger!!

  • Sriram on August 27, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Look no further than Pujara. IPL mishaps didnt deter his ambitions and progress. You are only 27 and that No.6 in Tests is still vacant. There are a number of contenders for that middle order in ODIs as well wiht DK, Rayudu and even Yuvi competing. Have faith and work hard. Wish to see you back in the team.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    I totally agree that to get injury is in no one's hand but it can never be totally be on luck... As a professional cricketer some responsibility comes on your part to take care of urself... We can take example of MSD who plays all three formats plus almost all other cricket but he maintains his fitness... Also Jonty Rhodes was and I feel even today its rare to find a fielder like him.. Although giving always 100% of his fitness and commitment he was never out of the playing IX because of injury I suppose... Discipline is a key and getting advice from seniors...

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Well feel sad for him, but in his own words- u cant fight destiny. But given his past dates with injury, i think he should have been more cautious. From cricketing point of view, i always opined he was a good cricketer [not exceptional] who could make it to team india provided the alternatives were not promising. But who knows what good is in store for him, provided he keeps himself focussed. Realistically i think it will b hard for him from here given the competition in the reserves.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Heart goes out for him. Had seen him play in the Mumbai vs Bengal Ranji final and he was simply superb. After this injury it may be difficult for him to become a regular in any of the senior team. You just got to accept and move on.

  • Sachin on August 26, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Unlucky guy, he has been injured numerous time,

  • Steve on August 26, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Knee surgeries are hard to overcome. Kapil was never the same bowler after he had surgeries on his knees. He became a medium pacer after that as well as started fielding close to the wicket than in outfield where he was excellent before. This injury may spell the end of Tiwari's national ambitions if not his on field career. One of those players whom bad luck always followed.

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