ICM are proud to welcome one of England’s finest left arm spinners, the one and only spin king Monty Panesar.
Monty established himself as a national hero after bursting on to the scene with England in 2006. With his wide eyes and and beautiful action he he rapidly became a fan favourite. After years of limited and negative England spinners, Panesar was a revelation. His languid action deeply excited England supporters and even on the occasions when sharp turn was not forthcoming that was belied by an effervescence apparent in his cherubic and unconfined celebrations at the fall of each and every wicket.
Monty claimed the wicket of his boyhood hero, Sachin Tendulkar, as his first Test wicket and Rahul Dravid as his third. No doubt he is one of the finest left arm spinners to play the game.
The following summer, against Pakistan, Panesar attracted national headlines, even beyond the game, by spinning England to a series win. At Old Trafford he made the most of a helpful surface with eight wickets then, at Headingley, he was England’s best bowler on a run-filled strip. The loop, guile and changes of pace outfoxed Pakistan’s top-order, including Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan.
In a matter of months he had elevated himself to the position of England’s senior spinner, pushing aside Ashley Giles. Yet Duncan Fletcher – ever the loyalist, rarely the risk-taker – preferred a rusty Giles for the first two Tests of the 2006-07 Ashes. England were thrashed in both but Monty got a chance in the third at Perth, becoming the first English spinner to take five at the WACA (and eight in the match). As England crashed to a humiliating 5-0 defeat, Panesar was one of the precious few to return home with their reputation intact.
He started the 2007 summer with 23 wickets in four Tests against West Indies, which brought a career-high No. 6 ranking. All our aspiring spinners at the ICM academy can be assured that they have one of the best spinners to utilise as a mentor.
Test matches: 50
Test wickets: 167
ODI Matches: 26
ODI Wickets: 24
First class matches: 219
First class wickets: 709