My Best Performance In The Season Would Be Dedicated To My Late Father, Says Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary, the Rising Pune Supergiant batsman, met with a depressing personal tragedy as he lost his father, Shiv Shankar Tiwari on April 11th. The cricketer, who was busy with the ongoing season of the IPL, was forced to rush back to his hometown Kolkata to meet his father.
Not many details were available about the reason behind father’s demise but now it is being learnt that he was struggling with Cancer and was undergoing treatment at the Howrah Hospital. The news of his absence from the match was revealed by stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane during the toss time. The 31-year-old was replaced by Rahul Tripathi who grabbed his debut IPL match.
“My father had a tongue and throat cancer and it was in its advanced stage,” the 32-year-old Manoj Tiwary said on Wednesday from Kolkata.”I was busy preparing for the match against Delhi Daredevils when the sad news came in and I had to return home immediately.”
“My father was admitted in the Howrah Hospital here (in Kolkata). But as he was not recovering well, was brought back home last week. The doctor Saurav Dutta is very good and tried his level best to cure him but destiny was not in my dad’s favour.”
“I was busy playing the matches, and therefore my family members didn’t want me to be distracted. However, I could perform the last rites,” he added.
The right-handed batsman could not participate in his side’s fixture with Delhi Daredevils. He seems to be quite determined to do well in this season as a mark of respect for his father. His absence from the match was felt as the RPSG side suffered a batting collapse, bundling out for just 108 in response to Delhi Daredevils’ first innings score of 205/4.
“Our next match is against Gujarat Lions (in Rajkot) and hopefully I will play the match. Without doubts my best performance in the season would be dedicated to my late father,” Tiwary signed off.
His teammates at the RPSG also shared the grief with him and wore black armbands as a gesture of respect during their game against Delhi Daredevils. The Twitter handle of the franchise tweeted the news of Tiwary’s father passing away ahead of the game and offered their condolences as well.
— RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 2017
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