Bangalore, Aug 6: Manoj Tiwary has time and again proved why he deserves a place in the ODI team, as he played a vital knock in the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka to help India claim the series and also silently marched towards regaining his place in the team.
With Rohit Sharma failing to create an impact as he had registered scores of 5,0,0,4 and 4 in the five matches to complete the series with a grand total of 13 at an average of just over 2.5, clearly showed that selectors need to think beyond the Mumbai batsman who has been given plenty of opportunities while the over-rated middle-order batsman has not utilised the opportunities that he has got so far.
Moreover, the Bengal batsman who had scored a fine century against the West Indies last year had to wait for almost 7 months to get another chance to represent the country, as Rohit Sharma was allowed to continue despite his poor run, which meant Tiwary was ignored despite his maiden century, as much was expected of Rohit Sharma.
Now, the long wait seems to be over as the Bengal batsman has arrived in style, smashing 65 and 21 in the two innings, also claimed 4 wickets in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka which ensured that Tiwary was a serious contender for a place in the ODI team as he returned to the ODI fold.
Having collected 796 runs at an average of 99.50 in the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy season, had impressed the selectors very early in his career. But destiny held him from making his debut as he injured his shoulder on the eve of his debut, which forced him wait for a few more months as he finally made his debut agaiunst Australia at Brisbane on Feb 3, 2008.
Another injury during the match forced him to take a break from international cricket, as he had to wait for three more years to make another appearance in ODIs.
Manoj Tiwary's comeback was quite similar to Sourav Ganguly as he had to wait for 6 years after his debut, incidently in Brisbane similar to Tiwary.
Since the middle-order batsman also comes from Bengal, the cricketing fraternity has nicknamed him Chota Dada as Sourav Ganguly is nicknamed Dada.
With a remarkable performance in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, Manoj Tiwary has created an impact in the team, playing just two matches of the five-match series and showed that he deserves a place in the team.
Looks like Tiwary is all set to replace Rohit Sharma in the XI and cement his place.