A decade back he was the most promising youngster knocking the doors of the Indian cricket team. In 2008, his phenomenal run of form saw Bengal emerge victorious in the Ranji trophy. He then got selected for national duties but injuries dampened his career. But with an unbeaten 75, studded with five boundaries now keeps him in good stead ahead of the auctions in Bengaluru. By the looks of it, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Rising Supergiants could be interested in Manoj Tiwary.

His match-winning knock came against a formidable North Zone in Syed Mushtaq Ali Inter Zonal tournament at the vintage Wankhede Stadium yesterday. He went unsold last year which must have been difficult for him to digest, considering his ability. He was a permanent member of the KKR outfit before being released. He is someone who can get you off to a cracker of a start, putting you at an advantage point up early in the encounter, hence he is explosive and dangerous.

When asked about his chances or what he feels are his prospects, he said, “Whether it (IPL selection) happens or not, only God knows. Yes, the timing is important. All the franchise owners were watching this innings while sitting in VIP box or on television.”

Adding further he explained why he did not get picked, he said, “Last year I was injured and couldn’t play the IPL and no franchisee wanted to take chance with me. Injuries have always followed me”.

He also adds how he felt on being ignored at the auctions last year, he said, “It was disappointing (to miss IPL last year). When I was watching IPL from home, I knew that I could play, seeing players with very little experience playing. I cannot do anything about it. It is up to concerned franchise owners and their talent scouts. I know that I will play in it (IPL). You should not write off players if they fail in one or two innings.”

We feel if KKR is looking for stability and explosion at the top, they could resort back to their old-warhorse, Manoj Tiwary.