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Monty Panesar talks about the Best Batsmen of his Playing days

Former England spinner Monty Panesar spoke about the best batsmen of his time. He mentioned Sachin Tendulkar, Jayawardene and Sangakkara. Monty Panesar made his Test debut in 2006 against India in Nagpur. He made his One Day International debut in 2007.  He picked up 167 wickets in 50 matches in Tests. Monty also played 26 ODI matches and hauled 24 wickets.

Indian legend was the best batsmen, Says Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar dismissed Sachin Tendulkar four times in 11 Tests. However, he says the Indian legend was the best batsman he played against alongside Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Sachin was just ruthless. Once he got in, he would look to score big. But like any other batsman, he was vulnerable. He was on a different wavelength once set,” the British-Indian cricketer told PTI from the UK.

“It was just hard to get Sachin out. With him, you were always like which gear he is going to take but you had to be competitive. Having said that, I backed myself to get him out.”

Dravid was wall and Sehwag was Destructive

Virender Sehwag was the “most destructive”, Rahul Dravid was “The Wall,” said Panesar.

“Dravid was another great, like the wall they used to say. That was the period you had batters who would just bat long. Just ruthless. With him, you can kind of felt like his bat was wider than anyone else’s.

“And Sehwag was simply amazing, the most destructive batsman at that time, ”  said Monty Panesar.

Monty Panesar talks about the Best Batsmen of his Playing days

Sangakkara and Jayawardene were the best players of spin bowling

While talking about other players, he picked up Sangakkara and Jayawardene as the best batsmen of spin bowling.

“They were simply too good. I could not get them out in Sri Lanka. I didn’t find Ricky Ponting that hard, to be honest, Michael Clarke was harder. Ricky came hard at the ball against spin, so I felt I could get him out. But I was most scared of Sachin because he had different gears and could still bat long.”

Like others, Monty is also isolated in-home and raised funds to situations due to Covid19. Monty Panesar said the outbreak of COVID-19 is a harsh yet timely reminder to the human race. It has not changed his perspective towards life but “many others who did not believe in god”.

“I have always believed in god. So for me, the current situation has been about connecting to the faith and keep my mind off coronavirus.

“I think what has been happening is that the people who did not believe in good has started believing in god. Atheists are saying that there is a force at play, making this world go round. That has been the biggest impact on humanity at the moment,” Panesar concluded.

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