Home > News >

IPL 7: Manoj Tiwary admits he will miss playing in front of Eden Gardens crowd

Manoj Tiwary Rajasthan vs Kolkata
Manoj Tiwary played for Delhi Daredevils in the first two seasons of the IPL © PTI

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.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

N Srinivasan faces a two-month wait as Mudgal commission prepares final report

Norman Gordon passes away at 103

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia Zimbabwe vs Australia 2014

Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captain despite ODI series loss against India

Ajinkya Rahane becomes first Indian opener to score an ODI hundred against England in England

VVS Laxman congratulates India on winning ODI series against England

Michael Clarke hamstring injury: Scan reveals some damage

Kevin Pietersen disgusted after cricket experts say England can’t win World Cup 2015

Cricket in Columbia: Rest of the World XI beat India XI

Sachin Tendulkar’s Playing It My Way: What cricket lovers would expect from his autobiography

Ajinkya Rahane strengthens his case to open in ODIs; but will Rohit Sharma’s return push him back to No 4?

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI: Highlights

38 entries from cricket’s obsolete lexicon

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

Apple confirms accounts of Hollywood celebrities were compromised to access nude photos, refutes iCloud breach

International programme in Animal Husbandry

NGOs pursue education for all

Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captain despite ODI series loss against India

What is endometriosis?

Hrithik Roshan not doing Hollywood film Step Up 6?

Opera Mini returns to Windows Phone, starts taking signups for beta testing

Obhrai Announces Canadian Support For Bangladesh

Calling all Vegetarians: How to Have an all Inclusive BBQ

Cricket in Columbia: Rest of the World XI beat India XI

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here