In-form Tiwary ready for England challenge
India’s casualty list continued to escalate on a clammy day at Chester-le-Street. Sachin Tendulkar pulled out before play due to provocation of an old toe injury, putting his tour in doubt, and then recently Rohit Sharma fractured his right index finger on the first ball when fending off a delivery from Stuart Broad.
As a result Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal batsman, has been named as the replacement for Rohit Sharma in India’s ODI squad in England. His name was doing the rounds since Rohit’s injury but the Bengal captain said “that selection was not playing on his mind.”
Tiwary travelled to Australia for the Emerging Players Tournament in which, he scored outstanding 188 in a three-day match against New Zealand A and 59 against Australia Institute of Sport. He also made 45 not out and 36 in two Twenty20 matches on that tour which was one of his best innings. Asked whether there will be a lot more pressure on him considering the Indian team’s disastrous show in England, Tiwary said, “That’s a big challenge for me. If I have to cement my place then I have to score in a pressure scenario.”
India will have to wait for the fitness of Sachin Tendulkar as he is scheduled to visit a surgeon in London on September 5.
In context to the above scenario Skipper MS Dhoni said “It is really difficult as you would like to always play with your best eleven but at times you don’t get that because of injuries. But this time we have gone down really hard.”