Tendulkar signs the ball Monty foxed him with

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:His fairytale debut saw Monty Panesar claiming arguably the world's best batsman for his first Test wicket and it was icing on the cake when Sachin Tendulkar signed the ball that did him in at Nagpur.

Tendulkar was hit on the pad by the delivery in the first innings of the Nagpur Test and Monty burst into celebration after umpire Aleem Dar upheld the appeal.

Later, the debutant spinner got the ball signed by the batting maestro and Daily Mirror quoted Monty as saying, ''I've seen replays of my celebration on TV and I'm not sure how it looked. But I didn't know how to react because I simply didn't expect to take Sachin's wicket as my first in Test cricket.''

''It was a really special moment and I got Sachin to sign the ball afterwards because he's been my role model, which was very kind of him,'' he said.

Meanwhile, when the second Test gets underway in Mohali tomorrow, his father Paramjit and grandfather Hari Singh will be present in the ground to see him play.

Monty was born and brought up in Luton after his parents came to Bedfordshire in the 1970s and it was a dream come true for the spinner who emerged as the first Sikh to play for England.

Overwhelmed by the response he received from the country of his origin, Monty said, ''Over the last few days I've had loads of phone calls and text messages from friends and family, in England and over here, but Alastair Cook is the one who gets the marriage proposals on banners in the crowd. He's trying to find out who that was in Nagpur.''

''I'm just trying to enjoy the moment of being here with the squad and doing what's required for the team. I was pleased to help Paul Collingwood reach his maiden hundred. And when my turn came to bowl, I just tried to keep it simple and land it in the right spot without attempting anything too complicated,'' he added.


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