Manoj Tiwary will be 12th man in Eden ODI
In view of a number of injuries in the side, Tiwary will field in the series opener, if required.Updated: Feb 07, 2007, 22:39 IST
A day after he was declared the batsman of the year for his sterling performance in domestic cricket Bengal batsman, Manoj Tiwary, was called to do duty as 12th man for the Indian team in Thursday's first one-dayer against Sri Lanka at the Eden Garden.
Confirming the development, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI in view of a number of injuries in the Indian team Tiwary has been asked to join the team and if required he will do the fielding for the team in Thursday's match.
"It is great honour to join the Indian team, it is dream come true", an excited Tiwary said immediately after learning about the good news.
"It will be proud moment for me to share the dressing room with the Indian team. I will now try harder to get into the playing eleven of the Indian team," the 21-year old batsman said.
The news also evoked impromptu celebrations at Tiwary's locality in nearby Howrah town.
Tiwary has been a prolific scorer for Bengal this year helping his team to finish runners up to Mumbai. He was season's leading run-getter with 796 runs from seven matches (10 innings) at a superb average of 110. He had also made a classy 94 in the final against champions Mumbai.