India news February 16, 2014

Manoj Tiwary set to return after eight months out

ESPNcricinfo staff

Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal batsman, is set to return to competitive cricket after eight months out after suffering knee surgeries last year. He has been named in the Bengal squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic one-day competition set to start on February 27. Tiwary hasn't played top-flight cricket since last season's IPL, missing out the entire Ranji Trophy

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.

Bengal squad: Laxmi Ratan Shukla (capt), Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Sudip Chatterjee, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Shreevats Goswami, Jayojit Basu, Amir Gani, Iresh Saxena, Veer Pratap Singh, Ashok Dinda, Vivek Singh, B Amit, Pritam Chakraborty, Sourasish Lahiri, Debabrata Das

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  • Ashok on February 18, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    @Latz: Without physical fitness Tiwary would not be considered for any Indian Test XI, after the "tamasha" in the England tour with unfit players! So Tiwary must take a page out of Yuvraj & ZAK's example & go thru' the same course. Tiwary is an excellent batsman & he will score plenty of runs if he passes fitness. As for the openers, I fully agree with you that India has questionable openers who will be replaced within next 12 months with younger ones. Rahane is not an opener nor is it fair to covert Pujara into an opener. They fit fine at #5 & #3 spots. As for your Bowling choices, as long as Dhoni is Captain, there will not be much development of new bowlers. He allows just 3 specialist bowler + all rounder Jadeja to fill his 4 bowling spots. We the Fans have so many names to think about but Dhoni has a narrow Tunnel vision & his own choices. Even for the new openers we have to wait till Dhoni(BCCI backed) is out of Captaincy. I think Rohit Sharma is the best Test Captaincy choice!

  • Arunlal on February 18, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @Nampally your views are correct. But I can't see Vijay a long term prospect for India. Rahane if worth can take over openers role with Dhawan. Kohli and Pujara will be in next two slots. Rohit in his scratchy career is likely to be replaced by anyone. So why can't Tiwary if he can deliver. If not we can draft a young talent for future like KL Rahul, K Jadhav etc.. Dhoni at 6. India should play with 4 specialist bowlers + 1 all arounder whther win or loss. For tests, we have lot of options in bowling yet to be tested. My 3 specialist seamers will be Aaron, Yadhav/ Pandey, Rishi, Shami/Bhuvi. And in spin dept, we can test Mishra, Ojha, Jalaj Saxena. Now remaining is the allrounder slot. In subcontinent we can go with Jadeja/Rasool. In seamer friendly pitches, we can go for Binny for now till we find a better seaming allrounder.

  • Naresh on February 18, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    As stated by @nampally - fitness is a must and Tiwarii should work on this. Team India has so many poor fielders in Vijay, Rohit, Zaks and Ishant. Dropped catches, poor bowling and batsman getting out at crictical stages - maybe the whole Indian team should be sent on fitness course. Kohli also dropped an important catch in the context of this test match - a different result could have been achieved.

  • Ashok on February 17, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Tiwary will find it hard to make a comeback in the Test team because the competition for the middle order is already at its peak. Pujara @#3, Kohli #4, Rohit#5, Rahane #6. This order is if Dhoni persists with his lunatic selection of 3 specialist bowlers for Tests. A balanced XI has only 5 batsmen + Dhoni + All rounder + 4 specialist bowlers. So Rahane & Rohit will fight it out for the 5th batting spot. But before Tiwary gets into competitive Cricket, it is best for him to go to a PT specialist- like Yuvraj & Zaheer did & get his fitness level up. Otherwise he will run the risk of another career ending injury. Tiwary may be talented but is in questionable physical shape. Kohli, Jadeja, Rohit, Rahane & Dhoni are the fittest. The rest are average. But to be honest, Tiwary should just focus on getting some performance record first along with fitness. He should keep his hopes modest & go forward from there on match by match basis. He would have been an ideal replacement for Laxman, if Fit

  • menon on February 17, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Time for dhoni to step down from test team along with rohit , ishant , ashwin and vijay. No point in wasting time , even against 8 th ranked team they are suffering 2 - 0 in tests and 4 - 0 in one day. dhoni had lost 14 tests in a row. Draft Manoj

  • Arunlal on February 17, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    He can be in team if he can score a few hundreds in coming tournament. Also he need to work on his leg spinners which can be an added advantage. He can replace Rohit sharma given if selectors decide not to give Rohit more extension. Also he can be in Jadeja's test place if proved worth with the ball.

  • Android on February 17, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Problem is his age. He's 29 not sure selectors have showed interest to aging players. Look at rajat bhatia, scores tons of runs in domestic cricket but never got selected once plus he is a fast balling all rounder. Hope tiwary does get selected soon though.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Manoj is suppose to be part of the Test batting lineup. If Dhoni is going to promote Pujara as an opener in the future, Tiwari has a chance to play for India as follows

    Test batting lineup

    Dhawan Pujara Rahane Kohli Rohit Tiwari

    The top six will average about 50+ in Tests since they have a First average of 60+ for all of them. They will be the big 6.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    The Comeback man...Tiwary...when he was doing great in Ranji..and selected for Team India he got injured and this has been happening since 2007, very unlucky young man who has the class to do well at senior level. Praying he will stay fit and healthy

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