Mumbai: Feb 5, 2013
Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary credited Sachin Tendulkar for helping him recover from a shoulder injury by arranging a specialist for him in England in 2007, just before team India left for Test series against Bangladesh.
“Not many people know this, but Sachin paaji organised for my surgery in England. En route to Bangladesh for a Test series (in 2007), Sachin paaji was in Kolkata. He called me and asked about my injury (shoulder) status and immediately arranged for a specialist doctor in England because only that would have helped me recover. Sachin paaji resurrected my career,” Tiwary was quoted as saying by MiD-DAY.
Tiwary has a long list of injuries due to which he has missed many golden opportunities to play for the Indian side. In 2007, he missed the chance to make his international debut against Bangladesh when he injured his shoulder on the eve of the match. Again in 2009, he got injured during Indian Premier League and consequently he was ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 squad, despite being in the probable.
While speaking about his injuries, Tiwary said, “It was in 2007 that I became the best domestic batsman in India. It was only my second year of first-class cricket. I got selected for the Bangladesh tour and I was sure to make my debut. But unfortunately I got injured (shoulder) during practice. I cried like a child that night. I just couldn’t control my emotions that day. My dreams were crushed.”
Tiwary will be aiming to perform big in order to find a place in India’s One-Day International side. The Bengal batsman will be playing in the Irani Cup for Rest of India against in-form Mumbai starting on Wednesday.
Tiwary suffered from side strain during a Ranji Trophy match between Bengal and Saurashtra.
“It’s been frustrating, but I have to balance it all. I have come up the hard way, so mentally I have become very strong. Being in the reserves of the Indian side has also helped. You hope to play when you leave (for a match) with the Indian team in the morning. And when you get to know you are not in the playing XI, it hurts. But you have to learn to hide your emotions. I have dealt with it quite often (laughs). I am an emotional person,” Tiwary said.
Tiwary said while he was growing up to become a professional cricketer, finance became a huge hurdle for him.
“Finance was always a big issue (hurdle) while growing up as a cricketer. Equipment isn’t easily affordable for a middle-class family. When I was starting out, my parents had to borrow money to buy my kit costing Rs 5000. Once, while returning from an under-16 tour, I was looted by two guys, who took all my cricketing equipment. I cried because my family bought that kit with great difficulty. But my family backed me and bought me a new kit. My coach helped too.”
“I gave my first earnings to my mother. I still do, except now I have to keep a little for myself. During my junior cricket days, I would skip meals at night to save some of the daily allowance to take home some money. I did that for a long time,” Tiwary concluded.