What does the future hold for Monty Panesar?

November 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

It wasn’t that long ago that Monty Panesar was comfortably England’s No.1 spinner. He never quite performed consistently enough, but he showed flashes of being a match winner for his country and everyone thought it was a matter of time before he established himself firmly on the international stage.

Unfortunately though, it never quite happened. There were still the odd moments of quality, but the selectors finally ran out of patience with him and the form of Graeme Swann meant that he lost his place in the England side.

Panesar did return for the first Ashes test in the summer, but it says it all when it can be concluded that his best moment came with the bat. He and Jimmy Anderson batted resiliently for the last wicket on the final day at Cardiff to save a draw for England.

This aside, it was a disappointing summer for Panesar unfortunately and not only while he was in England colours. For Northants, his 18 County Championship wickets came at an average of almost 60 and more often than not he was rather ineffective in terms of improving their cricket betting odds.

A lack of form, confidence and wickets then led to him losing his central contract with England. All in all, it is fair to say that he hasn’t had the best few months. Not by a long shot. So, going back to my original question – what does the future hold for him?

Well, there has been some significant news today in that Panesar has agreed to join Sussex on a three-year contract. Northants coach David Capel claimed that financial issues have led to the spinner’s departure, due to the fact that they would have to pay him instead of England.

Whatever the reason though, it has to be a good thing that Panesar is making a fresh start. As part of this new challenge with Sussex, the 27-year-old can start to enjoy his cricket again. He can work with some new coaches, get some new ideas and learn to take wickets again.

Sussex manager Mark Robinson will certainly hope that this is the case, although he admits that Panesar’s career ‘has stalled’ recently. He also points out that Sussex’s latest signing went from playing for ‘Loughborough University to the England team almost overnight’.

One of the main contributing factors behind Panesar’s move to Sussex could be the fact that Mushtaq Ahmed – who took an extraordinary amount of wickets for the County – is the part-time spinning coach at the moment and he will look to get the best out of Monty.

I certainly hope he can start to find his game again. It is clear that he has something special in my eyes. In fact, he has every attribute to be a world-class spinner. He just needs to implement them in the right way.

Hopefully, a combination of a fresh start, working with Ahmed and playing in Division Two will help him do just that and 2010 will be a much better year for Monty Panesar.

In other betting news the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds are hotting up, so keep you eye on them!



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