Panesar confident of good show in Duleep Trophy
English left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, a part of the touring England Lions side, today exuded confidence of putting up a good show in the Duleep Trophy, where a team from abroad is yet to emerge victorious.india Updated: Jan 27, 2008 22:14 IST
English left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, a part of the touring England Lions side, today exuded confidence of putting up a good show in the Duleep Trophy, where a team from abroad is yet to emerge victorious.
"Till now no foreign team has won the tournament and we are hoping to put on a good show. We understand the wickets and it will help the spin bowlers," he said.
Regarding his lacklustre performance in Sri Lanka recently, Panesar said he was growing with every game.
"Sri Lanka was a great experience and I was bowling to some of the best batsmen who can play spin bowling very well. Sangakara and Jayawardena were in very good form during the series," said Panesar.
Coach David Parson said that one should not write off the spin bowler just after one bad series in the sub-continent.
"He is 25 and his playing very well and has taken plenty of wickets to begin with and shown great promise under tough conditions. Monty is peaking as of now, while most bowlers peak at the age of 27-28," said Parson.
Panesar said he won't have a problem playing Down Under as the conditions would be similar to that back home.
"I understand what to expect over there since the condition are similar to back home in England where there is lot of seam movement," said Panesar.
For the first Sikh to play in the England team, Sachin Tendulkar is the biggest threat among the Indian bastmen.
"Sachin (Tendulkar) is always a threat," he added.
He said that his aim was to be a regular member in the Test and the one-day squad and was improving on his batting and fielding as well.
"One-day (cricket) demands that you need to be good in all three discliplines and I am working towards that," said Panesar.
On been questioned whether he was ever sledged by any Australian player, he said, "If they did it, I wouldn't understand it."