Monty Panesar

Country: England
Born: April 25, 1982, Luton, Bedfordshire
Height: 6ft 1in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Monty Panesar Bio

Mudhsuden “Monty” Singh Panesar, known as Monty Panesar, is an English cricketer who made a significant impact on the international cricket scene during his career. Born on April 25, 1982, in Luton, England, Panesar emerged as a talented spin bowler, capturing the attention of cricket enthusiasts around the world.

Panesar’s journey in cricket began when he was selected to play for England Under-19s in 2000. A year later, he made his first-class debut against Leicestershire and showcased his potential by taking an impressive 8 for 131. His performances in the 2005 season, where he claimed 46 County Championship wickets at an average of under 22, caught the attention of selectors.

In 2006, Panesar made his Test debut for England during their tour of India. In Nagpur, he picked up his boyhood hero, Sachin Tendulkar, as his first Test wicket, followed by Rahul Dravid as his third. During the 2006 summer, he played a pivotal role in England’s series win against Pakistan, taking 17 wickets in four Tests and establishing himself as England’s leading spinner at the time.

Panesar’s shining moment came in November 2012 when he and Graeme Swann combined forces against India in Mumbai. They took a total of 19 wickets, with Panesar accounting for 11, including the prized scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni. His impressive performance helped England secure a historic series win in India, the first in 28 years. In the same year, he also made a notable contribution against Pakistan in the UAE, taking 14 wickets in two Tests.

Despite his early successes, Panesar faced challenges in maintaining consistency in his performance. He struggled in subsequent series against India and Sri Lanka, diminishing his confidence. The emergence of Swann as the primary spinner for England added further pressure on Panesar. Despite these setbacks, he provided a silver lining during the Ashes thrashing in 2006-07, taking eight wickets in the Perth Test.

From there, Panesar’s international career faced periods of uncertainty. He struggled during England’s tour of India in 2008 and in the Caribbean, losing his position as the team’s leading spinner. However, he demonstrated resilience during the 2009 Ashes, particularly in the Cardiff Test, where he formed an extraordinary tenth-wicket partnership with James Anderson.

After a period of uncertainty, Panesar took control of his career by leaving Northamptonshire and joining Sussex in 2010. The move proved to be rejuvenating for Panesar as he rediscovered his form, taking an impressive 52 wickets during that season.

Despite his talents on the cricket field, Panesar’s professional and personal life took a downturn after his remarkable performance in Mumbai. He faced several off-field controversies, including an incident where he urinated on a Brighton nightclub bouncer after being asked to leave. His behavioral issues and inconsistent form led to his release by Sussex and subsequent struggles at Essex.

Monty Panesar, with his unique patka and effervescent personality, made a lasting impression on the world of cricket. While his career faced challenges and controversies, his contributions to England’s success, particularly in India, will always be remembered. Despite his on and off-field struggles, Panesar remains a celebrated figure in English cricket.

Monty Panesar Career Stats

Monty Panesar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 50 68 23 220 26 4.88 749 29.37 0 0 23 1 10 0
T20Is 1 1 0 1 1 1 2 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 26 8 3 26 13 5.2 91 28.57 0 0 2 0 3 0
FC 219 270 87 1536 46* 8.39 4315 35.59 0 0 - - 44 0
List A 85 29 13 141 17* 8.81 251 56.17 0 0 - - 15 0
T20s 33 7 2 7 3* 1.4 15 46.66 0 0 0 0 3 0

Monty Panesar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 50 85 12475 5797 167 6/37 11/210 34.71 2.78 74.7 4 12 2
T20Is 1 1 24 40 2 2/40 2/40 20 10 12 0 0 0
ODIs 26 26 1308 980 24 3/25 3/25 40.83 4.49 54.5 0 0 0
FC 219 - 48193 22135 709 7/60 - 31.22 2.75 67.9 26 39 6
List A 85 - 3725 2892 83 5/20 5/20 34.84 4.65 44.8 0 1 0
T20s 33 32 648 816 27 3/14 3/14 30.22 7.55 24 0 0 0

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