Delighted to claim Sachin's wicket, says Panesar

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:26 [IST]
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Mumbai, Nov 24: England's left arm spinner Monty Panesar celebrated Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal as he said that he was delighted at grabbing the legend's wicket on the first day of the Mumbai Test on Friday.

Monty Panesar bowled extremely well on Wankhede track that assisted spinners on Friday, as he picked up 4 wickets on the first day including the precious wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, as the master blaster was bowled yet again.

Delighted with Sachin's wicket: Panesar

"Obviously for me it has got to be the prince of India, Sachin Tendulkar. I was absolutely delighted with that," said Panesar.

Panesar also dismissed Virender Sehwag (30), Virat Kohli (19) and MS Dhoni (29) to push India on to the backfoot, as the gap between Sehwag and Sachin 's dismissal was a mere 11 balls which helped England dominate the first two sessions on Day 1 of the second Test at Mumbai.

Though this wasn't the first time Panesar had dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in Tests, he had already claimed Sachin twice in Tests at Nagpur in 2006 and Lord's in 2007.

Panesar, who finished with figures of 4/91 off 34 overs at the end of Day 1 of Mumbai Test felt

Further the left-arm bowler also thanked England's bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed, as his advice and tips proved vital for Panesar as it paid rich dividends at Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

"During the practice session I have worked quite a lot with Mushy bhai in trying to get my action right. The previous ball, I remember, I got my action slightly wrong and dropped it. The next ball, I thought, I have to make sure that I get all the process I worked with Mushy bhai right. It seemed to click," said Panesar.

"I got my action right and got my fingers nicely around the ball. These kinds of things obviously work and it came out nice. Mushy bhai has been valuable for us. He has played a lot of cricket in the subcontinent. He understands the rhythm of the game out here and he helps us - me and Swanny (Graeme Swann) - a lot to understand the type of cricket that Indians play out here at Wankhede," said Panesar, who has represented England in 42 Tests and 26 ODIs.


Story first published:  Saturday, November 24, 2012, 10:42 [IST]
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