Graeme Swann delighted by 'lovable pal' Panesar's superb performance in Mumbai Test
England off spinner Graeme Swann has said he is delighted with the way Monty Panesar performed in the Mumbai Test win against India, and added that he has no problems in playing second fiddle to the left-arm spinner whenever required.
"Monty Panesar said to me before our brilliant victory in the Second Test: 'Come on, brother, it's about time we won a Test match together.' And we did - with a superb team performance," Swann wrote in his column for the Sun.
"Monty bowled like a magician and I was more than happy to support him. Until Monty gave me those words of encouragement in the dressing-room, I didn't realise England had never won a Test in which we had both played," he added.
"I'm so happy that Monty took 11 wickets and performed so well. We go back a long time - from our early days at Northants more than a decade ago - and everybody loves Monty. He has never lost that school boyish enthusiasm and innocence," he wrote.
Swann added: "Monty is uncoordinated at almost everything, except when he is bowling his left-arm spin. With ball in hand, he has a lovely, rhythmic, repeatable action."
"Monty is at his best just bowling and not worrying too much about anything else. He can let Cooky set his fields and not try anything too funky," he further wrote.
"Monty didn't play in the First Test and everyone was clamoring for him to be back in the team. That placed a lot of extra pressure on him - which he coped with very calmly," he added.
"I don't mind one bit that Monty took more wickets than me. All that matters is that the team won. Mind you, I'd always be happy to pay second fiddle if I took eight wickets - including my 200th in Test cricket - every time!" he concluded.