Indian batsman Manoj Tiwary had an awful start to his Test career as he dislocated his shoulder during the training one day prior to the match against Bangladesh back in 2007 — and had to wait for his debut further. Manoj Tiwary had a sensational 2006 season in the Ranji Trophy scoring 796 runs at a whopping average of 99.5. He carried his team to the finals of the competition.
Tiwary finally got his debut during the CB Series in Australia, where he replaced the injured Yuvraj Singh. When the debut finally arrived in early 2008, he was jetlagged and in Brisbane, completely out of league against the deadly Australian pacer Brett Lee. He had to wait for more than three years for his next international match.
That Day I Went To My Hotel Room And Cried:
Following his inspirational performances in the Ranji trophy, Manoj Tiwary was picked up for India’s Test tour of Bangladesh in 2007. He was unlucky to have faced an injury on the brink of his debut while participating in a fielding drill on the eve of the match. He dislocated his shoulder in the act and had to sit on the sidelines for the match and wait another year for his international debut.
“I was in great form, I was in a great rhythm, but I had to miss out because my anterior labrum tear. That day I went to my hotel room and cried,” Tiwary told SportsKeeda during an interview.
Had To Wait For 1.5 Years For Ranji Debut
Manoj Tiwary had captained the Under 19 side leading the likes of Rohit Sharma and Piyush Chawla in the team. The batsman had to wait for 1.5 years to make his Ranji debut after his stint with the Under 19 Indian team. He recalls an incident where he overheard a conversation between regular number four batter and coach Paras Mhambrey, who was asking him to send in a nightwatchman.
“I went up to Paras Mhambrey and said, ‘Don’t send a nightwatchman. If you want to send someone, send me’,” Manoj Tiwary added.
The coach paid heed to his determination and Manoj Tiwary went out to bat at number four and scored an unbeaten 210 against Mumbai.
Manoj Tiwary was deemed unlucky by many for his international career. He earned his only 100 in India colours against West Indies in December 2011 in Chennai and was questionably dropped from the side for the next 14 matches. He got very irregular starts in Team India and ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2015 was his last for India.