Manoj Tiwary refers to himself in third particular person lately, he additionally calls Mamata Banerjee “Banglar agni kanya” – Bengal’s firebrand woman. The previous India cricketer, the son of a Class IV Jap 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 obtained a suggestion to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, however issues didn’t work out. “This time after I bought the decision from Didi, there have been no two ideas about it. In spite of everything, agni kanya Mamata Banerjee amake name korechilen (had referred to as me),” he tells The Indian Categorical.
Known as home cricket’s indignant younger man, Tiwary has had a historical past of run-ins with rival gamers, umpires, Indian Premier League franchise house owners and directors. An on-field spat with Gautam Gambhir, questioning the presence of a nationwide selector within the dressing room, and an indignant Twitter put up 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 crucial 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 everyone is deserting Didi, those that have been within the social gathering for therefore lengthy and now are working away, I didn’t need to take it mendacity down. That is in my blood. I’ll stand by an individual who provides her every thing for Bengal. I at all times needed to work for individuals and contribute to society on this tough state of affairs,” 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 bought a possibility 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 recreation 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 bought dropped for the subsequent 14 video games on a trot ?? d awards which I obtained throughout 2017 IPL season, questioning wat went unsuitable ???”
In 2013, after he was disregarded for a Kolkata Knight Riders recreation in opposition to Mumbai Indians and requested to remain on the group resort, 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 may 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 #disillusioned,” 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 great human being on the foremost. Politics can harm that however I do know Manoj for over 20 years now and consider he won’t ever compromise. If issues don’t fall into place, he’ll give up politics,” Manabendra Ghosh, Tiwary’s boyhood coach, exudes confidence.
Conscious and energetic
There’s at all times been a life outdoors 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 at all times been a topic of curiosity for me. Farmer suicides pained me. Migrant employees strolling 200 kilometres in the midst of a nationwide lockdown shook me to the core. I need to stand by our individuals and Didi has supplied me with an even bigger stage,” Tiwary says. Revert to a fairly current 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”.
“Adaptability is his greatest energy,” reckons former Bengal off-spinner and Tiwary’s erstwhile teammate Saurasish Lahiri. “Manoj could be very educated. He’s a really cool-headed man, very calm and composed. Very thorough about his job. On the similar time, he’s a really witty man. He’ll at all times give the punchline.”
“Manoj likes to take duty. He’s very hardworking,” Bengal senior group head coach Arun Lal noticed.
Tiwary’s long-time Bengal dressing-room mate and neighbour on the Lively Acres housing complicated off the Jap 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 consider it’s going to keep like that off the political discipline,” Tiwary predicts.