Ranji Trophy 2013-14 January 6, 2014

Manoj Tiwary not fit for Bengal's quarterfinal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal batsman, will not be fit in time to play his team's Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Railways, which begins on January 8. Tiwary, who is recovering from a knee injury, was named as the 17th member of the Bengal squad, in anticipation of him being declared fit.

Tiwary is having his fitness assessed at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, but has not ruled out making a comeback in the semis, should Bengal progress.

"The [NCA] physio told me that I need to have at least four to five running sessions, which will be an indicator of how much strength has returned in my knees," Tiwary told PTI. "Today, there wasn't any fitness test but only fitness assessment. As of now I am not available for the quarter-final. I will only make a comeback when I am fully match-fit."

Tiwary was not under too much duress batting in the nets but said his footwork and running between the wickets could suffer if he returns at this point. "There wasn't any discomfort [in the nets] as such, but some of the little things still need to be assessed. I have batted against the spinners but I haven't really used my feet against them at the nets.

"Also, there is running between the wickets where you have to swiftly turn for twos and threes. During the turning, there would be pressure on the knees. The physio needs to assess how my knees are holding up during that pressure. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that I will pass the fitness test and be available if Bengal qualify for the semi-final."

Tiwary has undergone two surgeries on his knee, with the injury keeping him out of action for the second half of 2013. He has suffered a succession of injuries of late: he was sidelined after injuring his back in the Ranji Trophy in December 2012 and hurt his shoulder during the Vijay Hazare Trophy in March 2013, just a month after returning to competitive cricket. He was also out of action for week in the IPL 2013 due to a bruised hand. Injuries have also hampered his international career, particularly the shoulder problem he picked up at practice in Bangladesh in mid-2007, on the eve of what would have been his India debut.

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  • Naresh on January 10, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    A player who made early impression for a middle order slot. A real pity he is injured. He must work on his physical fitness side to avoid injury. just wish him the best as it would help India.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    I really feel very bad for this poor kid. Ever since he put his body on the line fielding in Bangla Desh in 2007, he has been getting injured. Some times fate is too cruel. I was hoping to see him playing at higher level long before most of the current crop. Get well Buddy - Soon. Good luck. Nope, I am not from Bengal.

  • Shiv on January 7, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    So sorry to hear that, but he is the most unluckiest guy. Because of this injuries time and again, other people specially NoHit Sharma is in the Indian team. Manoj is too good a player to be ignored, he can also bowl good spin too and a good fielder. Good luck to him to make a comeback to Indian team.

  • syed on January 7, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    The most unluckiest of players, every time when he is about to play for India he gets injured. Also, the case with Irfan Pathan. i don't think they will ever get a chance again to play for India because age is not their favour.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Manoj 'The Perennialy Injured' Tiwary

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    I was his supporter until one day I saw he played a selfish slow knock in a first class game which selectors were walking.Even his coach had blasted him for that as the match ended in a draw

  • Nainil on January 6, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    He's been a very unfortunate player right from the ODI debut he made against Australia way back when Kohlis, Pujaras, and Rahanes were wearing diapers. But he should not loose hope. He is only 28 and has a bright career ahead of him. There are few selected players like Pujara, Rohit Sharma (as much as I don't like him, but he qualifies in this list), Rahane, Badrinath who average around or above 60 runs per first-class innings. That is a huge achievement. I hope he doesn't become another Badrinath in the making. Manoj is truly talented and a champion. Hang in there and you will get your chance. Just take good care of yourself and don't get injured in those IPL games. Good Luck!

  • Balachandran on January 6, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    It's safe to say his India return chances are over now. He has injured his way out of the team. Good player, very unfortunate.

  • Steve on January 6, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I am afraid Manoj Tiwary is history as far as Ind cap is concerned with so many others getting ahead of him in selection order. If he wants to play first class cricket at all, he should become fully fit first before stepping on the field. I felt he tried to stage come back too soon in the past anxious to beat competition, only to get injured time and again.

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