Friday, 19 December 2008
Monty Panesar was born Mudhsuden Singh Panesar, 25 April 1982 in Luton, Bedfordshire, is a left-arm spinner for the English cricket team. He plays Test and one-day cricket for England, and county cricket for Northamptonshire. He was the first Sikh to represent a country other than India in Test cricket. Monty made his international debut on March 1st 2006 against India and his first wicket was that of the highly respected batsman Sachin Tendulkar. His best bowling was 6 wickets for 37 runs against New Zealand in 2008 Test series. He is a devout Sikh and his family are originally from the Punjab, India. In 2006 he won the Beard of the Year from the Beard Liberation Front, who are a British interest group who campaign in support of beards and oppose discrimination against those who wear them. He was awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007. He has been quoted as saying in an interview with the Daily mail newspaper, "I am working on my version of the doosra — a ball which turns the other way — but we will just have to see what happens with it. As I gradually add things, it is one of my ambitions to be the best. It would be nice one day to be recognised as that". He is still a relatively newcomer to the game and only time will tell if he will become one of the greats.