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A prayer on Manoj’s lips

Manoj Tiwary

Calcutta: It was at the tour of Bangladesh back in 2007 where Manoj Tiwary suffered an unfortunate injury that not just ruled him out of that series, but also jeopardised his international career.

Frequent injuries affected the talented batsman’s performance on several occasions, with the last coming back in June 2013 that ruled him out of action for six months. Nonetheless, following a successful rehab and some important runs both for Bengal and his IPL team Delhi DareDevils, Manoj is back in Team India’s scheme of things.

And it’s for another tour of Bangladesh, where India play three one-dayers, the first of which is on June 15.

Life certainly has come full circle for Manoj and he, too, agrees with it. “My first experience in Bangladesh was really forgetful. Now that I’ll be making a comeback in the Indian team for a tour to the same country, I will definitely get a chance to prove myself out of the opportunities I get.

“Look, that incident seven years ago could well be at the back of my mind. But I do have the maturity now to deal with it. At present, I would only pray that I stay away from injuries… Have had enough,” Manoj told The Telegraph on Wednesday.

It could well seem a surprise call-up, but Manoj doesn’t want to delve deep into the matter. He’s clear with his focus, which is to make the most of this opportunity. He also emphasised on the rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) that helped him recover quickly.

“I feel really happy to have got another chance to prove my mettle at the international stage. Injuries, time and again, put me out of the national perspective. And mind you, I had done pretty well in my last few appearances for Team India.

“I’m really thankful to the selectors for their trust on me. I had to go through a very difficult phase, as a long rehabilitation process is never easy. But that said, I was much more careful this time around, learning from my past experiences with injuries.

“I concentrated on a successful rehab that made things a lot easier,” Manoj explained.

Talking about his own form, Manoj believes his batting got better towards the closing stages of the ongoing IPL.