Mumbai: The Bengal tiger Manoj Tiwari is going to play from the Rest of India team in the Irani Trophy game. Ahead of the game against Mumbai, Manoj has unveiled a secret which he claims that it is very close to his heart.

Tiwari revealed that the secret happened in the year 2007 when he was selected in the Indian team for the first time to tour Bangladesh. Unfortunately, Tiwari injured his shoulder during the practice session and was not able to play any game during the tour. It was moment of despair for the aspiring batsman. When the Indian team was to leave for Bangladesh tour afterwards, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar learnt about the agony of the injured player. Sachin not only called Manoj to know the injured player’s condition but he also arranged treatment from a London-based specialist doctor. Monoj accepted that it was the treatment in London that made it possible for him to step on to field again.

While describing the painful tale, Manoj said that his selection in Indian team became possible only after being declared the top domestic batsman in 2007. Manoj was assured of opening the batting for India. Post the unfortunate injury, the crestfallen Bengal tiger cried whole night like a baby for the brutal reality.

The cricketing career has not been like a cakewalk for Manoj Tiwari. While recollecting his past memories, Manoj said that he belonged to a very humble family background. A middle-class family member had to face lots of challenges in his life. Parents are always skeptical about the future of their children. Manoj told that it was very difficult for him to choose cricket as his career instead of going for the higher education. He also accepted that the cricketing journey would not have been possible without support from the parents. Manoj had to arrange Rs 5,000 in order to get a cricket kit.

The Bengal middle-order batsman also shared another tough moment in his life when two strangers forcefully snatched his cricket kit. Manoj continued to sob for a long time. It was very difficult for him to arrange Rs 5,000 to buy the cricket kit again. Manoj also talked about the sacrifices his parents had to make to realise their son’s dream. His parents would skip dinner to save money. It is obvious that Manoj had tough childhood. Manoj handed over his first income to his mother.

The Bengal tiger is very excited for the match against Mumbai starting on Wednesday. Manoj is convinced that if he succeeds in performing well in the match, he would get a call from the national team to play in upcoming test series against Australia. Manoj has played eight ODIs so far scoring 251 runs with one century.

JPN/Bureau

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