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Monty Panesar

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Full Name: Mudhsuden Singh Panesar
Born: April 25 1982 , Luton
Country: England
County: Essex
Other teams: England Lions, England Under-19s, Loughborough MCCU, MCC, Northamptonshire, Sussex
Test debut: India v England, Nagpur, March 1-5 2006
ODI debut: Australia v England, Melbourne, Jan 12 2007
T20 debut: Australia v England, Sydney, Jan 9 2007
Batting Style: Left-hand bat
Bowling Style: Slow left-arm orthodox


A fine left-arm spinner, Panesar made a big impact in the Test arena for England after making his debut in India in 2006. The first Sikh to play for England, Panesar enjoyed a dream start as he trapped icon Sachin Tendulkar lbw for a maiden Test scalp and, despite taking just five wickets in a 1-1 series draw, had established himself in the XI. A fine summer followed as Panesar - quickly becoming a cult hero - bowled excellently against Sri Lanka and, in particular, Pakistan in unfavourable conditions. Dubbed as the world’s best finger-spinner by Duncan Fletcher, Panesar responded to...

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