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Feb 13, 2014
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have not retained or bought many Bengal players during the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auctions. Amongst them is Manoj Tiwary who was sold for a price of INR 2.80 crores to the Delhi Daredevils (DD) and will miss playing for his previous employers Kolkata.
Tiwary has admitted that he will miss out on playing in front of the Eden Garden’s crowd and will now have to play for the next three seasons of the IPL with Delhi.
The list of players is big with Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Ashoke Dinda and Mohammed Shami being picked up by other fracnchises and thus highlights Kolkata’s aversion to signing players from the state.
“I was very surprised to see the strategy of the Kolkata officials at the auction table… It seemed they were not at all keen on retaining me or Laxmi or buying any other Bengal player. I am very sorry to say that the approach of Kolkata officials has left me shocked,” Tiwary was quoted as saying to The Telegraph.
“I feel sorry for the cricket lovers of Bengal. We have such passionate supporters here. And the crowd obviously would want some home-grown talents in their beloved side. But the Kolkata officials have robbed them of the chance to cheer for Bengal players. The reverse is also true… I know how much the Bengal players love to perform in front of the crowds at the Eden. We will miss playing at the Eden. We will miss the atmosphere,” added Tiwary.
“Yeah, I’m a bit disappointed that none from Bengal was bought by Kolkata. But then, I wish them all the best. Hopefully, they will do well in the coming seasons,” said Shukla who was bought by Delhi for Rs 1.50 crore and gave his wishes to the Kolkata team.
“Delhi have shown immense faith in me. It is my duty now to repay their faith. We all know Delhi haven’t performed well last season. But past is past… All I want to say is watch out for this team. We are well-equipped in every department,” added Shukla.
Dinda, who on the other hand was pleased that he was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) said,” I don’t want to think much about why Kolkata didn’t go for me. I’m proud that I am a member of the Bangalore. I’ve always wanted to play for them. Last season, Siddharth Mallya had told me that he wanted me in his team. Since then, I was harbouring hopes of playing for the Bangalore. After the auction, Siddharth texted me whether I’m happy or not… I told him yes.”
Dinda who was bought by Bangalore for INR 1.50 crores further added,” Money-wise, I am a bit unhappy… I was expecting a bit more. However, that Bangalore picked me up made up for my dissatisfaction. It is a fantastic team, if not the best. I believe there will be good camaraderie in the side… I feel other teams will be under pressure when they face us.”
Tiwary had no issues about the money being offered to him by Delhi and was pleased that he will be returning to the team where he spent his first two seasons in the IPL and will also be training under former India coach Gary Kirsten.
“Training under Kirsten is one of the biggest plus points… I have heard a lot of positive things about him. He creates a great atmosphere within the team and treats everyone equally. Unfortunately, I could never ever feature in the Indian team when he was the coach. So it will be an opportunity for me to improve my game under him. Also, that I will have Kevin Pietersen as my teammate excites me. I’m a big fan of him. He always tries to dominate the bowlers and I love that approach,” concluded Tiwary.
Also on cricketcountry.com