Monty still can~~t believe his first Test wicket

Published: Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Two months after claiming Sachin Tendulkar as his first Test wicket, Monty Panesar still can't believe his luck and the first Sikh to play for England is thrilled after touring the country of his origin.

''It was beyond my imagination - I never dreamed of taking his wicket as my first Test wicket,'' the left arm spinner told 'The Independent'.

He also admitted he was proud to be England's first turbaned player.

''It was an honour to be the first Sikh to play for England - but I am not the first Asian cricketer to play for England, and there are others who achieved far more than me. If people see me as a role model, then that's great for the game,'' he felt.

On the Indian crowd, Monty said he was thrilled with the reception.

''It was a pleasant surprise. Obviously, they follow cricket like a religion. It's great to visit somewhere that cricket is followed so passionately.'' And of the Indian players, he said, ''Whenever you get the chance it is good to talk to them and learn something from them.'' Monty was all praise for Andrew Flintoff and said Freddie was the best captain he has ever played under.

He was confident that England will retain the Ashes this year ''because we have got the best seam attack in the world.'' The left-arm spinner also revealed that he was working on developing a mystery ball.

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