IPL 2019: Manoj Tiwary attends Delhi Capitals trials

If he makes the cut, the Bengal batsman will replace Manjot Kalra in the Capitals squad.

Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal batsman, wasn't picked in the last auction. File Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary, and fast bowlers Tushar Deshpande and Manpreet Singh Gony were among those participating in the trials for Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.

The trials were being conducted to obtain at least two replacements; Harshal Patel, the fast bowler, has been ruled out with a hand fracture, and Manjot Kalra, the batsman, is likely to sit out the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Tiwary has been part of the IPL for all seasons barring the present one. He was not picked at the auction this time. He served as a commentator in the Bengali language when he was summoned for the trials. “Yes, I attended the trials. I felt that it went off well. I had a chat with [Capitals] advisor Sourav Ganguly and coach Ricky Ponting. I have not been officially told anything. Hoping for the best,” Tiwary told PTI.

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If Tiwary makes the cut, he will replace the left-handed Kalra. Tiwary has played for the Delhi franchise on two separate occasions in the past, and for three other teams — Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, and Rising Pune Supergiant.

J. Sucheeth, the Karnataka left-arm spinner, also attended the trials. If Capitals needs a replacement for Rahul Tewatia, whose fitness status isn’t very clear, Sucheeth may be in the fray.