During the IPL,Manoj Tiwary was eyeing a spot on a flight to London,to play for India in the Champions Trophy. On July 2,the Bengal batsman will fly to London,but it wont be to play cricket. Tiwary will instead meet orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Williams,who will operate on a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Injury has dogged Tiwary right through his career,often at the most inopportune moments. He was first picked for the India ODI squad for a tour of Bangladesh just before the 2007 World Cup,and promptly injured his shoulder while training ahead of the first ODI. He had to fly to London then too. Two years later,playing just his second match of the season,he was ruled out of the rest of the IPL after injuring his left hand.
In December 2011,he seemed to have finally made his breakthrough,with an ODI century against the West Indies. He became a regular in Indias ODI squad,but only got a spot in the eleven twice over the next year,scoring a half-century against Sri Lanka in one of those games. He seemed to be in the running for a Test spot too,with three centuries in four matches in the 2011-12 first class season and a 93 for India A against the touring English side. The form continued into the next domestic season, before a back injury ruled him out of the Twenty20 series against England and the ODIs against Pakistan. Each time he has been injured,others have raced ahead in the queue.
Off-season fitness regime
This time,he injured his knee while playing football,which is a regular part of his off-season fitness regime.
It is the best way to remain fit, says Tiwary,who is awaiting his UK visa. I dont want people to get the wrong impression. It is not the first time I have played football. I was on the field for a mere two minutes when I twisted my knee. I wasnt involved in any tackle or intense tussle when this incident took place. It was really a freak thing. I have played many intense football matches; that day I was just there to enjoy myself.
Out for months
After he twisted his left knee Tiwary was hoping it was a minor injury but the medical report said otherwise. It was an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear,which means my knee needs surgery and I will be out for five to six months, Tiwary says.
This means that Tiwary will have to start again from scratch,which,as we have seen,isnt new to him.
Its been frustrating to sit out due to injury but I dont react to it these days. I think I was destined to get injured on that day; god wanted me to be there at that moment. There are many people who are suffering more than me and my pain is nothing compare to them. Whenever I get injured I look upon those people who are facing major problems in life. Mine is nothing, he says.