Calcutta: Manoj Tiwary is injured again.
A month after recovering from a back injury, Manoj suffered another setback on Saturday when he dislocated his left shoulder, while trying to stop a cover drive off Unmukt Chand during Bengal's Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final against Delhi. Delhi won by six wickets.
Manoj has been advised rest for three weeks.
"I cannot help it… It is really unfortunate… We were all charged up. I dived to my right but the landing was awkward, which caused the injury," Manoj told The Telegraph.
The injury comes as a huge setback for the right-handed batsman, who is pushing to play at the highest level.
For the record, Manoj was ruled out of action for six weeks last December after suffering a back injury. The injury had not only robbed him of a chance of being part of the Indian squad for the two T20 Internationals against England, but he was also not considered for selection for the ODI and T20 series against Pakistan.
Manoj, however, made a strong comeback, scoring plenty of runs in the domestic cricket. No doubt then that he is among the contenders for a place in the Test side, especially when the selection for the next two Tests is around the corner.
"It is hard luck… I'm going to try to recover as soon as possible… I'm not returning to the city tomorrow along with the team… Instead, I am flying off to Bangalore for treatment at the NCA," said Manoj.
Manoj sounded disappointed with the defeat.
"I am disappointed with the loss… We went into the tournament as the favourites but had never played like one. We lost badly today… To be frank, we didn't play well. For me, team has always been the top priority. If the team had won and I would have been injured, I wouldn't mind... So, you can say that the injury is like rubbing more salt into the wound," said Manoj.
Manoj blamed the batsman for the team's loss. "The pitch was really good. The only thing that the batsmen needed to do was to apply themselves. But we failed to do that. The batsmen didn't show any responsibility and shot selection was poor. If they go on like this, I don't see any future for Bengal cricket."
Captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla also shared Manoj's views. "I'm absolutely disappointed. Manoj was batting brilliantly. The only thing, which the other batsmen needed to do, was to support him by staying at the wicket. We could not do that. It is time that we learn from our mistakes," Shukla said.
Batting, truly, has been Bengal's bane this season.
To cure Bengal's batting woes Manoj has a solution. "The thing is we refuse to learn from the mistakes… It's not that the players are not aware of their mistakes or their problems… The issue is that they are not implementing what they learn at practice."