Monty Panesar hails Sachin Tendulkar, calls him the best batsman he bowled against


Monty Panesar played 50 test matches for England and he could have played many more had it not been for a maverick called Graeme Swann. Having said that, Panesar had the uncanny ability to pick up big wickets and that was on display when he picked up Sachin’s wicket 6 times. In fact, Tendulkar was his debut victim on England’s tour of India in 2006.

Despite having moderate success against the Master Blaster, Monty was effusive in his praise for him and even went on to say “Sachin was 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.”

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source: Onmanorama – Malayala Manorama

The left-arm spinner continued “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.” While it’s true that Panesar indeed managed to get the better of Sachin on a few occasions but if one casts their mind back to India’ successful tour of England in 2007, it was Tendulkar who dominated the spinner with both white and red ball.

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