Manoj Tiwary refers to himself in third individual nowadays, he additionally calls Mamata Banerjee “Banglar agni kanya” – Bengal’s firebrand girl. The previous India cricketer, the son of a Class IV Japanese Railways worker who grew up in a single-room, tinned roof hut in Howrah, is studying the ropes of politics – his second large leap in life.
Named Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate from Shibpur in Howrah for the forthcoming Bengal meeting polls, the cricketer-turned-politician says he had acquired a suggestion to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, however issues didn’t work out. “This time after I acquired the decision from Didi, there have been no two ideas about it. In any case, agni kanya Mamata Banerjee amake name korechilen (had referred to as me),” he tells The Indian The Press Reporter.
Referred to as home cricket’s indignant younger man, Tiwary has had a historical past of run-ins with rival gamers, umpires, Indian Premier League franchise homeowners and directors. An on-field spat with Gautam Gambhir, questioning the presence of a nationwide selector within the dressing room, and an indignant Twitter publish on being sidelined by his franchise, the one-time Bengal Ranji captain isn’t recognized to let feelings bottle inside him.
Of late, he has been vital of the central authorities and was among the many uncommon cricketers to assist former Check opener Wasim Jaffer when he confronted allegations of communalising cricket as Uttarakhand head coach.
“Manoj Tiwary will proceed to name a spade a spade. When all people is deserting Didi, those that have been within the occasion for thus lengthy and now are working away, I didn’t wish to take it mendacity down. That is in my blood. I’ll stand by an individual who offers her every little thing for Bengal. I all the time wished to work for individuals and contribute to society on this troublesome scenario,” says the 35-year-old who had been considering his future after a knee harm noticed him miss the just-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy.
আপনজনের ভীড়ে আমি। এই বন্ধন আরো দৃঢ় হোক। সকল সমর্থকদের ভালোবাসা আমার কাছে বড়ো প্রাপ্তি। এই ভালোবাসার রেশ আমাদের জয় আনবেই। মা মাটি মানুষ জিন্দাবাদ।#DidiShowsTheWay #AssemblyElection #WestBengal #JoyBangla pic.twitter.com/n8p2sjbdgB
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) March 14, 2021
Tiwary by no means acquired a chance to play Check cricket. He performed simply 12 ODIs and three T20Is and after scoring his maiden ODI hundred in opposition to the West Indies in Chennai, wasn’t given a sport for the subsequent seven months. He has referred to as this a interval of frustration and anger.
Not hiding feelings
After being snubbed on the IPL public sale three years in the past, Tiwary took to Twitter and wrote: “Questioning wat went unsuitable on my half after getting Man of a match award wen I scored 100 four my nation and acquired dropped for the subsequent 14 video games on a trot ?? Taking a look at d awards which I acquired throughout 2017 IPL season, questioning wat went unsuitable ???”
In 2013, after he was ignored for a Kolkata Knight Riders sport in opposition to Mumbai Indians and requested to remain on the crew lodge, Tiway’s tweet – “2day is d worst day in my cricketin profession…” – would go viral. Later, he would say that his “account was hacked”.
In Could final yr, Tiwary took severe exception to a KKR’s throwback tweet about their 2012 title triumph the place he wasn’t tagged. As soon as once more, he would let the world know that he was harm. “Sure I, together with others have too many reminiscences, feelings and that can stay eternally however after seeing this tweet the place u all forgot to say n tag me and @Sah75official is insulting and this mrng tweet of urs will stay shut to each knight Rider’s #upset,” he posted.
“Manoj won’t compromise. That’s not in his nature. He requested for my suggestion earlier than becoming a member of politics and I advised him to stroll the street of forthrightness. He has a status to hold, the picture of a very good human being on the foremost. Politics can harm that however I do know Manoj for over twenty years now and imagine he won’t ever compromise. If issues don’t fall into place, he’ll stop politics,” Manabendra Ghosh, Tiwary’s boyhood coach, exudes confidence.
Conscious and energetic
There’s all the time been a life exterior cricket for Tiwary, be it his shut proximity to the Bengali movie business or his dabbling with jingles on social media. He reads extensively and appreciates artwork.
“Politics, too, has all the time been a topic of curiosity for me. Farmer suicides pained me. Migrant staff strolling 200 kilometres in the midst of a nationwide lockdown shook me to the core. I wish to stand by our individuals and Didi has supplied me with a much bigger stage,” Tiwary says. Revert to a fairly latest tweet on farmers’ protest: “Once I was a child, I by no means noticed a puppet present. It took me 35 years to see one”.
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“Adaptability is his largest energy,” reckons former Bengal off-spinner and Tiwary’s erstwhile teammate Saurasish Lahiri. “Manoj may be very educated. He’s a really cool-headed man, very calm and composed. Very thorough about his job. On the identical time, he’s a really witty man. He’ll all the time give the punchline.”
“Manoj likes to take duty. He’s very hardworking,” Bengal senior crew head coach Arun Lal noticed.
Tiwary’s long-time Bengal dressing-room mate and neighbour on the Energetic Acres housing advanced off the Japanese Metropolitan Bypass, Ashok Dinda too is within the electoral battle however within the rival camp. The pacer is contesting on a BJP ticket from Moyna. “He’s my pal. I imagine it’s going to keep like that off the political area,” Tiwary predicts.