EXCLUSIVE: Sadly Manoj Tiwary became the second IPL player whose father died during the ongoing IPL tournament.
Rishabh Pant scored a half century for Delhi Daredevils only two days after his father passed away and now RPS middle-order batsman, Tiwary, has lost his father played Shiv Shankar Tiwary.
“My father had a tongue and throat cancer and it was in its advanced stage,” 32-year-old Tiwary told cricketbadger.com exclusively. “I was busy preparing for the match against Delhi Daredevils when the sad news came in Pune and had to return home immediately.
“My father was admitted in the Howrah Hospital here but as he was not recovering well, was brought back home last week,” Tiwary continued. “The treating doctor Saurav Dutta is very good and tried his level best to cure him but destiny was not in my dad’s favour.
“I was busy playing the matches, and therefore my family members didn’t want me to be distracted,” he added. “However, I could perform the last rites.”
Tiwary has now joined his team in Rajkot.
“Our next match is against Gujarat Lions and hopefully I will play in the match,” Tiwary added. “Without doubt my best performance in the season would be dedicated to my late father.”
Manoj’s personal coach, Manabendu Ghosh, told cricketbadger.com: “Manoj Tiwary’s father was a railway employee before his retirement.His parents, especially mother, Bina Tiwary took great efforts to make Manoj the cricketer. Now son Manoj will be a pillar strength to his mother,
“I am not in Kolkata and therefore could not console Manoj but will speak to him once he is out from the shock and I am sure he will play good cricket.”
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.