Monty Panesar

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Monty Panesar
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Personal information
Full name Mudhsuden Singh Panesar
Born (1982-04-25) 25 April 1982 (age 31)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Nickname Monty, Montster, The Sultan, The Sikh of Tweak, The Python[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Spin bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 631) 1 March 2006 v India
Last Test 26 December 2013 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 200) 12 January 2007 v Australia
Last ODI 13 October 2007 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 77
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2009 Northamptonshire (squad no. 7)
2009 Highveld Lions
2010–2013 Sussex (squad no. 7)
2013 Essex (on loan)
2014–present Essex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 49 26 196 84
Runs scored 218 26 1,368 141
Batting average 5.06 5.20 8.49 8.81
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 26 13 46* 17*
Balls bowled 12,374 1,308 44,277 3,701
Wickets 166 24 643 81
Bowling average 34.56 40.83 31.27 35.37
5 wickets in innings 12 0 34 1
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 5 n/a
Best bowling 6/37 3/25 7/60 5/20
Catches/stumpings 10/– 3/– 38/– 14/–
Source: CricketArchive, 23 December 2013

Mudhsuden Singh Panesar, known as Monty Panesar (born 25 April 1982) is an English international cricketer who currently plays for Essex. A left-arm spinner, Panesar made his Test debut in 2006 against India in Nagpur and one-day debut for England in 2007. In English county cricket he played for Northamptonshire until 2009. He has also played for the Lions in South Africa.

Born in Luton to Indian parents, he is the first Sikh to represent a nation other than India in Test cricket.[citation needed] He wears a black patka (a smaller version of the full Sikh turban) while playing and training.[2] He is a crowd favourite in England, and many fans have worn patkas and fake beards while watching him play.[3]

During his early international career Panesar often received loud cheers whenever he came on to bat, bowl or field, the latter due to his history of less than skilful fielding. When first selected for England he was widely perceived as being a particularly inept batsman and fielder, which may have contributed to this reception; the TMS commentator Henry Blofeld once accidentally referred to him as Monty Python,[4] a mistake possibly encouraged by his comic reputation. After early success in Test cricket, his results declined, leading to him losing his place in 2009, but his excellent county form saw him named a member of England's Ashes-winning squad which toured Australia in 2010/11. After taking 69 wickets in the 2011 county season Panesar earned a recall for the series against Pakistan in the U.A.E.; he played in the second Test - his first Test appearance in over two and a half years. On the tour of New Zealand in 2013, Panesar took the place of the injured Swann as lead spinner in the side, but managed just 5 wickets costing 70 runs each.

Personal life[edit]

Panesar has a large supportive family both in England and Punjab, his parents having migrated to England from India in the late 1970s.[5] His father, Paramjit Singh Panesar, who moved to England in 1979, is a builder. His mother is Gursharan Kaur. Panesar has a younger brother, Isher Singh Panesar, and sister, Charanjit Kaur Panesar. His family lives in Luton. Panesar is a devoted Luton Town fan and is often seen at matches.[6]

Panesar has been quoted as saying, "I follow Sikhism, and maybe I’ve channelled the discipline that religion creates into my cricket. There’s discipline with any religion, and you can take it into a game or into anything else" (The Sunday Times, 6 August 2006).[7] Away from cricket, Panesar went to St. Matthew's Infant and Junior Schools and Stopsley High School, Luton. For Sixth Form, he studied at Bedford Modern School. He also has a degree in computer science from Loughborough University.[8] Panesar has uncut hair and a full length beard, which is a fundamental part of the Sikh identity and way of life. He won the 2006 Beard of the Year competition run by the Beard Liberation Front.[9]

Nicknames for Panesar include "The Montster", "The Python" (a reference to Monty Python), "The Sikh of Tweak" (probably a humorous reference to Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne'smispronouncedsobriquet, "The Sheikh of Tweak)",[10] "Montastic", "Parmesan Tony" (an anagram),[11][12] "The Beard to be Feared", or "The Turbanator" (though this generally refers to Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh, and both he and Panesar wear a patka, not a turban, while playing cricket); however, he is most commonly known simply as Monty.

Cricketing ability[edit]

It was Panesar's ability with the ball that enabled him to become England's number-one spin bowler before being replaced by Graeme Swann in 2008. Panesar was described early in his career by former England head coach Duncan Fletcher as "the best finger spinner in the world".[13]

Bowling[edit]

Panesar has certain physical attributes that help with his spin bowling: he has unusually large hands, measuring 14 inches (36 cm),[14] and can also rotate his hand at his wrist through 360 degrees.[15]

Panesar demonstrated his ability to take Test wickets in his first match in Nagpur, India, where his first Test wicket was that of the highly respected Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. He also bowled batsmen Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Kaif. In the 2006 Test Series against Sri Lanka, Panesar claimed his first five-wicket haul for 78 runs, in the third Test at Trent Bridge. Panesar went on to take 5 for 92 and 3 for 145 in the 3rd Test match in Australia, in December 2006, despite England losing the match.

In an interview with the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper, Panesar stated his intention to develop a left-handed version of the doosra, the off-spinner's version of the googly:

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.
Panesar bowls in the nets at Adelaide Oval

On 11 June 2007, Panesar became the first English spinner to take 10 wickets in a match since Phil Tufnell when he returned match figures of 10/187. This was achieved against the West Indies in the Third Test at Old Trafford. He took his 100th Test wicket on 25 May 2008, against New Zealand, also at Old Trafford.

Batting[edit]

Panesar is not a confident batsman, averaging just under 9 runs per innings. However, he has had significant batting performances: he scored a quick-fire 26 against Sri Lanka including a six off Murali in 2006, and in the Ashes First Test in 2009, he and James Anderson stayed in for 40 minutes, jointly surviving 69 balls to secure an important draw.[16] In domestic cricket, Panesar made his highest first class score of 46* against Middlesex on 7 May 2010. Since then he has shown signs of improvement especially in the 2011 season where he hit Ian Blackwell for three sixes proving that he can be quite a big hitter of the ball.

Fielding[edit]

Panesar's fielding has been the subject of much discussion. Former England coach Duncan Fletcher had previously gone so far as to suggest that this could keep him out of the side if it does not improve. At the start of his Test career, this led to loud sardonic cheers from the crowd for completing even the simplest fielding tasks. Many commentators believe that his fielding has since improved somewhat; he held a catch in England's third Test match against Pakistan at Headingley in 2006.

Concerns over his fielding were highlighted in the third Test match against India when a skied hit from Mahendra Singh Dhoni came towards him at long-off. He seemed to lose the ball in the background and the ball landed five yards away from him, missing what should have been a straightforward catch. He did however atone for that error when he caught a similar shot from Dhoni a few minutes later at long-off. In the season of 2006 (after the first Test at Lord's against Pakistan) it was discovered that Panesar required a different type of contact lenses to the ones that he had been wearing previously; it is unknown whether these helped his fielding, despite his remarkable improvement.[citation needed]. Since then his fielding has improved taking a tremendous one handed catch in a tour match in the Ashes tour of Australia. He had also been asked to field in closer in domestic cricket, which indicates a level of trust in his ability. His fielding again was a topic of concern when he dropped Mahela Jayawardene twice within twenty minutes at Galle in 2012.

Work ethic[edit]

Panesar loves training and is becoming known for being a fastidious worker, regularly leaving the practice ground after everyone else. According to reports, one day Panesar and Australia's Mike Hussey spent a whole day in the nets, which shows remarkable determination for a bowler. According to Andrew Strauss, who has captained him in four Tests, Panesar "will be on the ground earlier than anyone, getting (ex-assistant coach) Matthew Maynard to hit catches to him. He will then bowl through most of the net session, before staying out long after most of the guys are back in the comfort of the dressing room, working on his batting, learning new shots, and perfecting those he already has."[17]

However, Panesar was dropped by Sussex in the summer of 2013 in part due to a poor on-field attitude. Struggling with a sore shoulder, he had fallen into the habit of stopping the ball with his boot in the field and throwing it back to the wicketkeeper underarm.[18]

Domestic career[edit]

Originally a medium-pace bowler, he shifted to spin at around sixteen following advice from the Northamptonshire coaching staff. Paul Taylor, the former Northamptonshire seamer, suggested he switch to spin during a school coaching session.[19]

As a schoolboy Panesar played cricket at Bedford Modern School for Stopsley High School, Dunstable Town CC and Luton Indian CC before being selected for the England Under-19 team. His first-class debut came in 2001 at the age of 19 against Leicestershire. He took eight wickets in the match including 4-11 in the second innings, bowling 16 maidens. His appearances over the next few years were limited, partly because of his commitment as a full-time student at Loughborough University. After graduating, he became a more important member of the team and had a fine season in 2005, taking 51 County Championship wickets at an average of just 22.47 including career-best figures of 7-181 against Essex.

In the 2009-10 season he signed to play for the Highveld Lions in South Africa.[20]

In the 2010 season Panesar joined Sussex after leaving Northamptonshire at the end of the 2009 season. He impressed at Sussex in his debut season, taking 52 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls, at an average of 25.69. He went on to score 163 runs at an average of 10.86 with a career-high score of 46 not out.

In the 2011 season Panesar picked up 69 wickets for his county, making him the second highest wicket taker for the division. He took them at an average of 27.24, which included three five-wicket hauls.

For his efforts in the 2011 season Panesar was rewarded with selection for the England team to tour Pakistan in the U.A.E. and Sri Lanka in 2012. During the 2012 season he picked up his career-best figures in both an innings and a match. He took 7-60 in the first innings, and 6-77 in the second, taking 13-137 for the match against Somerset. England selector James Whitaker was watching and Panesar was hoping to be picked as the second spinner for the tour of India. This was only the second time he had taken 7 wickets in an innings, and his 30th five-wicket haul and 4th ten wickets in a match.

After a loan period to Essex, Panesar joined them fully in 2013.

International career[edit]

Test selection: England in India, 2005-06[edit]

Due to his performances in 2005, many figures[who?] called for Panesar's inclusion in the English Test squad for the 2006 tour of India.[21][22][23] For a place as back-up spinner to incumbent Ashley Giles he faced competition from left-armer Ian Blackwell and off-spinners Shaun Udal and Alex Loudon. It was suggested that his reputation for poor batting and fielding might hamper his chances of selection, but earlier in 2005 he had attended the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide in order to address these issues. He was selected in January 2006 for the tour to India, and made his international debut in the first Test against India in Nagpur. He took three wickets, including India's two best batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar and captain Rahul Dravid. The former, who Panesar states was his childhood hero and was the spinner's first international Test wicket, later signed the cricket ball that dismissed him and presented it to Panesar.[24] Panesar went on to play in the second and third Test matches, in Mohali and Mumbai with thirty-five of his family members attending the Test at Mohali, Punjab.[25]

Sri Lanka and Pakistan in England, 2006[edit]

On 11 May 2006 Panesar made his maiden Test appearance in England against Sri Lanka at Lord's. He played a small role in the first and second Tests, taking only five wickets.[26][27] He was to fare better in the third by claiming his first five wicket haul with bowling figures of 5/78.[28] He followed this up with an explosive innings of 26 from 28 balls that included a swept six, adding 37 for the final wicket with Liam Plunkett. This was not enough to affect the result as Sri Lanka won the Test by 134 runs.[29]

Panesar took three wickets in the first innings of the Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, on 27 June 2006. His wicket-taking was overshadowed by Steve Harmison who took a six wicket haul to get Pakistan all out for 119 in the 1st innings. However, Panesar took 5-72 in the second innings, and Harmison 5-57. The pair took 19 of the 20 Pakistani wickets in the match (the other being a run out) in an innings-and-120-run victory. This was the first time two bowlers had taken all bowling wickets since Jim Laker's record match figures of 19 for 90 again at Old Trafford. In the second innings Panesar took the wickets of five of the six specialist batsmen, including Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf.

In the first innings at Headingley, Panesar picked up three wickets including that of Inzamam-ul-Haq, who overbalanced and dislodged the bails with his stomach to be dismissed hit wicket. In the second innings Panesar had figures of 3 for 39. Panesar was given some credit for responding to criticism from England coach Duncan Fletcher.[30] Despite his performances in the Test arena against Pakistan in the summer of 2006, Panesar was overlooked for the 30 man ODI squad for the 2006 ICC Champion's Trophy in India.

England in Australia, 2006–07[edit]

The likelihood of Panesar playing against Australia in the 2006-07 Ashes series led to media commentary by some Australian players, who indicated that they would take an aggressive approach towards him[citation needed]. Australian captain Ricky Ponting said, "We'll try to make some sort of impact on him early on, and we won't let him get on top. The way our left-handers, especially Justin Langer and Matty Hayden, play spin is to be fairly aggressive." However, he was also praised by Ponting. Ponting told the Sunday Age, "He (Panesar) didn't look like he was scared to throw the ball up a little bit and actually try to get you out. He's got good, subtle changes of pace and, watching the other night (against Pakistan), a really good arm ball as well.". The former Australian Test player Darren Lehmann said "He's probably a more attacking bowler than Giles was, and a wicket-taking option for them, more so than Giles was." Commenting on the possibility of Australian crowds targeting Panesar because of his poor fielding and batting, Lehmann stuck up for Panesar saying "He should have no worries at all... He's a beautiful lad.".[31] It also emerged that Panesar had been seeing a sports psychologist and talking to former England left-arm spinner Phil Tufnell, another English spinner who was poor at fielding, about the ribbing he is expecting to get from the Aussie crowds on the tour, and how to prepare himself mentally for the task.

Panesar bowls in The Ashes series as Flintoff watches

Panesar was left out of the England team for the first two Tests of the series, which led to a petition being started by BBC Radio Five Live, calling out for his inclusion.[32] Panesar was eventually selected to play in the third Test at the WACA in Perth. He finished the first innings with figures of 5 for 92 off 24 overs, with Justin Langer, Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist among his wickets, becoming the first English spin bowler to take five wickets in a Test match at the WACA in Perth, his other two wickets being Shane Warne and Brett Lee. He also performed respectably with the bat, finishing on 16 not out as part of England's best partnership in the innings. He remained in the team for the rest of the series, finishing with a record of 10 wickets at an average of 37.90 and collecting a total of 35 runs. He was the joint third highest wicket taker for England behind Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff, tying with Steve Harmison, having only played in three out of the five Tests. During the Tests Panesar played, he quickly became a crowd favourite for both Australian and English fans, eliciting cheers from the crowd when fielding, bowling or batting.

After the Ashes series, Panesar was selected in the England squad for the Commonwealth Bank series with Australia and New Zealand. He made his ODI debut against Australia at Melbourne on 12 January 2007 and played in nine matches in the series. His attacking style, bowling economically and aggressively in equal parts, worked well, taking nine wickets and conceding 4.60 runs per over.

World Cup 2007[edit]

Following his performances in the Ashes and Commonwealth Bank series Panesar was selected in England's World Cup squad. He struggled to pick up wickets, only taking 7 at an average of 40.42, but bowled fairly economically conceding 4.42 runs per over. His best performance came on 11 April 2007 in a Super Eight's group game against Bangladesh where he took 3/25 off his seven overs which included two maidens.[33]

West Indies in England, 2007[edit]

Panesar was in the team for all four Tests against the West Indies in May and June 2007. He got his first six wicket haul in Tests during the first innings of the first Test at Lord's when he took 6/129.[34] Five of his six victims were trapped LBW, all given out by the Nursery End umpire Asad Rauf. Panesar's first Test ten wicket haul came in the third Test at Old Trafford, in which he took four first innings wickets, and six in the second innings, for match figures of 10/187. He became the first English spin bowler to take ten wickets in a match for ten years, since Phil Tufnell did so in 1997.[35] He was awarded his first man of the match award for the performance. Panesar achieved his sixth 5-wicket haul in the final Test match, at Chester-le-Street. He took the wicket of the otherwise immovable Shivnarine Chanderpaul wicket to end the West Indies second innings. He finished the series with 23 wickets at an average of 18.69, an achievement which won him the man of the series award.

Panesar was not selected for the following Twenty20 matches, with both sides electing not to include full-time spinners in their sides. He played in two of the three ODI matches taking 1/57 overall at 4.07 runs an over.

India in England, 2007[edit]

Panesar played in all three Tests against India in July and August. He played fairly well in the first and second Tests but struggled in the third Test. In the first Test at Lord's he took 2/85, trapping Sachin Tendulkar LBW when he was on 16 runs (an identical dismissal to his first Test wicket) as well as having a good appeal for a would have been match winning LBW against Sreesanth turned down (The match ended in a draw due to rain with India 282/9 chasing 380 to win). In the first innings of the second Test at Trent Bridge he took 4/101. In the third Test at the Oval he struggled on a flat pitch, taking 2/217 in the match. He took 8 wickets in the series at an average of 50.37. He played in six of the seven ODI matches performing fairly unspectacularly. He took 6/268 runs overall at 4.78 runs an over.

England in Sri Lanka, 2007-08[edit]

In October 2007, Panesar was dropped for the first four matches of the five match ODI series, the England selectors opting to pick Graeme Swann due to his better batting ability. Panesar played in the fifth match, where he bowled tightly taking 1/31 at 3.10 runs an over. There was speculation that Swann would challenge Panesar for the Test place or at least play alongside him on the back of his strong performances in the first four ODIs.[36] However, Panesar was given a vote of confidence from the England Coach, Peter Moores, who called him "(England's) number one Test spinner".[37] In the event, England opted to play Panesar ahead of Swann in the three match series in December. In the first match at Kandy Panesar took 6/178, but in the second Test at Columbo and the third Test at Galle he only managed figures of 2/151 and 0/76 respectively. He finished the series with 8 wickets at an average of 50.63.

England in New Zealand, 2008[edit]

In February 2008, England played two 20/20 matches against New Zealand where Panesar was omitted from the team in favour of the spinner Graeme Swann and England won both matches. Following this was the five match ODI series where Swann was again picked ahead of Panesar, although Swann was dropped after scoring only 7 and 1 with the bat in the first two matches yet he was not replaced by Panesar or any other spinner. Panesar was then selected for the three Test matches ending the series with 11 wickets at an average of 30.18, with England winning the series 2-1.

New Zealand in England, 2008[edit]

Panesar at Lord's playing for England v New Zealand, May 2008

In May 2008, New Zealand arrived in England for a three-Test series to be followed by a single 20/20 match and a five match ODI series. Once again Panesar was selected for the entire Test series and in the second match at Old Trafford he achieved his best single innings figures to date of 6/37, including the captain Daniel Vettori. He ended the series with 9 wickets at an average of 27.22. Despite recording his best ever innings figures in the second Test, Panesar was once again omitted from the 20/20 and ODI teams in favour of the spinner Graeme Swann.

Australia in England, 2009[edit]

Panesar, along with Swann, was selected for the first Test of the 2009 Ashes series, held at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, as England opted to utilise two spinners. On a pitch which was expected to turn, his bowling appeared unthreatening, only taking one wicket in 35 overs. He did make a contribution with the bat as he and James Anderson blocked out the final 11½ overs of the match, denying Australia their final wicket and salvaging a draw for England. In view of his lack of penetration, Panesar was dropped for the remainder of the series, not appearing again in the Test team until 25 January 2012.

England in Australia, 2010-11[edit]

After strong performances for his county Sussex, Panesar was announced as part of the England squad to tour Australia for the Ashes on 23 September 2010. Panesar was selected ahead of legspinner Adil Rashid and offspinner James Tredwell.[38] He did not play in any of the Tests but played in two of the tour matches against Australia A and Victoria, taking 6 wickets.

England in the United Arab Emirates, 2012[edit]

After a fantastic season for his county Sussex which proved to be his best claiming 69 wickets in the County Championship, Panesar was picked as the second spinner behind Graeme Swann for the tour of Pakistan. He played in the second warm-up match against the Pakistan Cricket Board XI and took 8-103 including a 5 wicket haul in the first innings. He was picked for the second Test starting on 25 January 2012 in Abu Dhabi, this was his first match in over two and a half years. He took 6-62 in the second innings his first 5 wicket haul in a Test match since May 2008, this was to be in vain as England lost the match and series to a humiliating defeat. He was picked to play in the Third Test in Dubai and again took seven wickets including a back to back 5 wicket haul 5-124. How ever England lost the match and suffered a heavy 3-0 series defeat.

England in Sri Lanka, 2012[edit]

Panesar played in a three-day warm up match against the Sri Lanka cricket board XI performing quite well taking his first 5-wicket haul on Sri Lankan pitches taking match figures of 6-67. He was picked to play in the first Test but performed averagely only taking 2 wickets in the match despite bowling a lot better than his figures showed but he also dropped Mahela Jayawardene twice in twenty minutes. He did however score a quick-fire 13 off 11 balls hitting two boundaries in the first innings. However, England lost the match after a lower order batting collapse losing 6 wickets for only 31 runs which resulted in England losing by 75 runs. Panesar was not selected to play in the final test of the series, which England won by 8 wickets.

England in India, 2012[edit]

Panesar was called up to the 16-man squad for the winter tour of India which started on 30 October. A three-day training camp was held from 26 October to 29 October with the first Test starting on 15 November. Panesar played in two of the three tour matches taking 3-64 against Mumbai 'A' and 2-70 for the match against Haryana. However, he was not picked for the first Test on a pitch that seemed to suit the spinners. England eventually lost the first Test to India by nine wickets. After the match, coach Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook both said they had misjudged the pitch, and changes were made to the team ahead of the second Test.[39] Panesar was selected for the second test replacing Tim Bresnan. This proved to be vital decision as he took 5-129 in the first innings, and 6-81 in the second, career best match figures of 11-210, only the second time he has taken ten wickets in a match. This was also the first time since Hedley Verity in 1934 that an English spinner had taken 10 wickets in a match in India. England went on to level the series at one all by winning the match by ten wickets. His success continued in the third test as he took five wickets in the match. He took 4-90 in first Innings but was not as successful in the second, only taking one wicket. England went on to win the match by seven wickets and lead the series 2-1 with one test remaining. In the final test in Nagpur Panesar was not as successful with the ball only taking 1-81 on a flat pitch. He did however bowl economically and back up the other bowlers at the other end. The match ended in a draw and England won the series 2-1. By winning the series England became the first team since 2004 to beat India on their home soil, and the first England team since the 1984-85 tour to beat India in India. Panesar ended the series with 17 wickets.

England in New Zealand, 2013[edit]

Panesar was called up to the 15-man squad for the winter tour of New Zealand with the first test starting on 6 March. Panesar was the leading spinner of the Test part of the tour as Graeme Swann had to pull out requiring surgery on an recurring elbow injury. Panesar took 5 wickets over the series.

England in Australia, 2013-14[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Panesar was arrested and interviewed by the police in 2011 after a heated argument with his wife in a pub car park. He was subsequently released without charge.[18]

He was fined for urinating in public near the Shooshh Club at King's Road Arches, Brighton, on 5 August 2013. According to the Sun newspaper, Panesar was told to leave the club because he was harassing women, and he later urinated from the promenade above the venue on to bouncers standing below.[18][40]

Achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Test match performance[edit]

Test debut: vs India, Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, 1 March 2006.[43]

Statistics correct as of 26-11-2012.
Source: Cricinfo.
Batting[44] Bowling[45]
Opposition Matches Runs Average High Score 100 / 50 Runs Wickets Average Best (Inns)
 Australia 4 46 7.66 16* 0 / 0 494 11 44.90 5/92
 India 11 45 4.09 9 0 / 0 1474 36 40.94 6/81
 New Zealand 8 27 3 10 0 / 0 751 22 34.13 6/37
 Pakistan 6 21 7 8 0 / 0 817 31 26.35 6/62
 South Africa 4 11 2.75 10 0 / 0 412 13 31.69 4/74
 Sri Lanka 7 43 8.6 26 0 / 0 716 20 35.80 5/78
 West Indies 7 21 7 14* 0 / 0 700 28 25.00 6/129
Overall 47 214 5.21 26 0 / 0 5364 161 33.31 6/37
A graph showing Panesar's Test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.

Statistics[edit]

  • The column title "Match" refers to the match number of his career.

Test 5-wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Against Location Venue Year Result
[1] 5/78 6  Sri Lanka Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 2006 Lost
[2] 5/72 8  Pakistan Greater Manchester, England Old Trafford Cricket Ground 2006 Won
[3] 5/92 11  Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2006 Lost
[4] 6/129 14  West Indies London, England Lords Cricket Ground 2007 Drawn
[5] 6/137 16  West Indies Greater Manchester, England Old Trafford Cricket Ground 2007 Won
[6] 5/46 17  West Indies Chester-Le-Street, England Riverside Ground 2007 Won
[7] 6/126 26  New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2008 Won
[8] 6/37 28  New Zealand Greater Manchester, England Old Trafford Cricket Ground 2008 Won
[9] 6/62 40  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium 2012 Lost
[10] 5/124 41  Pakistan Dubai, U.A.E. Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2012 Lost
[11] 5/129 43  India Mumbai, India Wankhede Stadium 2012 Won
[12] 6/81 43  India Mumbai, India Wankhede Stadium 2012 Won

Test 10-wicket match hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Against Location Venue Year Result
[1] 10/187 16  West Indies Greater Manchester, England Old Trafford Cricket Ground 2007 Won
[2] 11/210 43  India Mumbai, India Wankhede Stadium 2012 Won

Man of the match awards[edit]

Date Opponent Ground Record/Scorecards
7–11 June 2007  West Indies Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Greater Manchester Bowling: 10/187
23–27 May 2008  New Zealand Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Greater Manchester Bowling: 6/37

Man of the Series awards[edit]

Date Opponents Record/Series link
17 May–19 June 2007  West Indies 23 wickets at an average of 18.69 (1 ten wicket-haul, 3 five wicket-hauls); 1 catch. 4 matches

One-day International performance[edit]

ODI debut: vs Australia, Melbourne - 12 January 2007[43]

Statistics correct as of 2008-01-24.
Source: Cricketarchive.
Batting[46] Bowling[47]
Opposition Matches Runs Average High Score 100 / 50 Runs Wickets Average Best
 Australia 6 1 - 1* 0 / 0 236 4 59.00 2/44
 Bangladesh 1 - - - 0 / 0 25 3 8.33 3/25
 Canada 1 - - - 0 / 0 35 1 35.00 1/35
 India 6 - - - 0 / 0 268 6 44.66 1/28
 Ireland 1 - - - 0 / 0 31 2 15.50 2/31
 Kenya 1 - - - 0 / 0 28 0 - -
 New Zealand 5 6 6.00 6 0 / 0 200 6 33.33 2/35
 South Africa 1 2 2.00 2 0 / 0 24 0 - -
 Sri Lanka 2 - - - 0 / 0 76 1 76 1/31
 West Indies 2 14 7.00 13 0 / 0 57 1 57.00 1/29
Overall 26 26 5.20 13 0 / 0 980 24 40.83 3/25

Career Best Domestic Performances[edit]

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Figures Fixture Venue Season
FC 46* Sussex v Middlesex County Cricket Ground, Hove 2010 7-60 Sussex v Somerset County Ground, Taunton 2012
LA 17* Northamptonshire v Leicestershire County Cricket Ground, Northampton 2008 5-20 ECB National Academy v Sri Lanka A Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground 2003
T20 3* Northamptonshire v Glamorgan SWALEC Stadium 2008 3-14 Sussex v Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground, Bristol 2011

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