Manoj Tiwary: In for the Long Haul

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There are few, if any, players on the fringe of the Indian squad who can bring to the table what Manoj Tiwary does. Could 2012 be the year he seals his spot in the playing XI?

If you'd asked that question back in 2010 with Tiwary moving in and out of the squad of 15 without getting a break, people would have said you were crazy. Yet the past 2 years have seen a resurgence that is bringing back the joy and reigniting the dream. And that is something the "Chhote Dada" can relate to, hailing from the city of joy - Kolkata.

Look at the latest competition - A surprise 4-wicket haul to see India to victory in the 4th ODI and a firm partnership with Gambhir in the 5th to seal the series against Sri Lanka! Before the tournament kicked off, few expected him to make the playing XI, let alone perform brilliantly. Yet that's exactly what he did.

2012 promises exactly what Tiwary needs right now - but an opportunity to shine. With an excellent IPL season followed by his performance at Sri Lanka, he might well have proven his critics wrong but the buck doesn't stop there. September and October will bring us the T20 World Cup and with Tiwary finding himself in the list of probables, we'll all be watching for those tell tale signs that this is a cricketer who is ready to step into the limelight!

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