Monty Panesarindia Updated: Oct 23, 2006 16:58 IST
Mudhsuden Singh Panesar is known in the game as Monty, and has quickly established himself as one of the next generation of spinners in English cricket. He made the well-trodden path from Bedfordshire, where he was born, to Northamptonshire, progressing through the youth teams until he was chosen to play for England Under-19s, which he did for two seasons.
He then made his first-class debut, marking the game against Leicestershire with a return of eight for 131 in the match and four for 11 in the second innings. However, first-team opportunities have been limited and after a mere two appearances in 2001 he played only six first-class matches in 2002. Even so, he took 17 wickets at just over 32 each and did enough to earn himself a place in the National Academy squad in Australia during the winter.
A fine season in 2005, where he took 46 Championship wickets at 21.54, was followed by a stint at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide, and led to calls from his his coach at Northamptonshire, Kepler Wessels, to be picked for England's tour of India in February. Wessels got his wish.