Monty Panesar      

Full name Mudhsuden Singh Panesar

Born April 25, 1982, Luton, Bedfordshire

Current age 36 years 59 days

Major teams England, British Universities, England Lions, England Under-19s, Essex, Lions, Loughborough Marylebone Cricket Club University (England), Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Height 6 ft 1 in

Education Bedford Modern School, Stopsley High School, Luton, Bedfordshire; Loughborough University

Mudhsuden Singh Panesar
    From Ludhiana to Luton
    Paramjit, Monty's father, migrates from India, marries Gursharan, and settles in Luton.
    Influenced by his father's involvement with Luton Indians Cricket Club, plays cricket for the first time aged 10. Is spotted two years later by Paul Taylor, the former Northamptonshire and England seamer. Is bowling "horrible little left-arm seamers [which] didn't seam or swing" for Bedfordshire, but is passing time in practice bowling spinners and "turning it miles".
    First time for Second XI
    Plays his first Second XI match for Northamptonshire, and impresses his coach Nick Cook with the pace at which he bowls, while also gaining dip and turn.
    January 1, 2000
    At 17, is named one of the Millenium Kids by the Sun newspaper - five "hungry" teenagers desperate to succeed in sport. Says he wants to be world's best spinner.
    August 28, 2001
    Match-winner on debut
    Makes his first-class debut for Northamptonshire against Leicestershire at Northampton. Picks up 4 for 120 in 35 overs in the first innings, facing the daunting prospect of Shahid Afridi. Improves on that with a match-winning 4 for 11 from 20 overs in the second.
    Ponder years
    Struggles to match his excellent performance on debut while combining cricket with studying for a computer science degree at Loughborough University. But in 2005, takes 16 wickets in two matches on late-summer dusty pitches, ending with 46 wickets in just eight games.
    January, 2006
    Ready to use
    David Graveney, the England chairman of selectors, and Kepler Wessels, the Northamptonshire coach , insist he is ready for Test cricket, both tipping him to feature in England's tour of India.
    January 27, 2006
    Back to India
    Selected for England's tour of India alongside Ashley Giles and Shaun Udal.
    March 1, 2006
    Test class
    In the Nagpur Test, becomes the first Sikh to represent England in Tests. On the third day, traps his hero Sachin Tendulkar for his first wicket, in a marathon spell of 2 for 73 from 42 overs. Impresses with his attacking line, dip and spin.
    May, 2006
    One-trick pony?
    Tops the Test averages with 10 wickets at 21.00 in England's three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home. And though taken to the public's hearts, doubts remain over his fielding and batting. Duncan Fletcher, the England coach, admits he "is under a lot of pressure" to improve the other two facets of his game.
    July 27, 2006
    One trick is good enough
    Despite Fletcher's reticence about his batting and fielding, is chosen ahead of Jamie Dalrymple for the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford. After his supporting act of 3 for 21 in the first innings, he destroys Pakistan with 5 for 72 in the second - including the scalps of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan.
    August, 2006
    Spinning it to win it
    On a lifeless Headingley pitch on which Danish Kaneria, the Pakistan legspinner, could only manage 2 for 111, Panesar wheeled away for 47.4 overs and repeatedly tested Pakistan's famed batting lineup. Three for 39 in their second innings sealed their fate, and Fletcher's continued caution over his inclusion begins to irk the media, many of whom announce that he is now England's leading spinner.
    November 23, 2006
    Still not England's best
    Loses out to Ashley Giles for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane. This is Giles's first Test in 12 months, and the decision receives plenty of column inches.
    December 4, 2006
    Is nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
    December 14, 2006
    Proving his Perth
    Is selected ahead of Giles for the third Test against Australia in Perth. Becomes the first England spinner to take five wickets at the WACA.
    March, 2007
    Fletch at odds with Wisden
    Is termed England's "second spinner" by Fletcher, but receives encouragement from his captain, Michael Vaughan, who feels he will be a threat in the World Cup.
    Is named one of the Wisden Forty, and is chosen as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year in 2007's Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
    May, 2007
    Doing HQ, and then some
    Becomes the first spinner since Bishan Bedi to take six first-innings wickets at Lord's, in the first Test against West Indies. Five of the six were lbws - the first time a spinner has achieved the feat.
    Records his first 10-wicket haul, against West Indies at Old Trafford with 10 for 187. Tops the series averages with 23 wickets at 18.69.