Former English spinner Monty Panesar, who was instrumental in England’s 2-1 series victory in 2012 against India, has lauded Indian captain Rohit Sharma. He labeled Rohit Sharma the Don Bradman of turning pitches.

Later this month, England will visit India to participate in a five-match Test series that will begin in Hyderabad on January 25. After the first game at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad from January 25 to January 29, the next four Test matches will take place in Visakhapatnam (February 2–6), Rajkot (February 15–19), Ranchi (February 23–27), and Dharamsala (March 7–11), consecutively.

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Rohit Sharma has emerged as one of India’s most potent batsmen in Test cricket in recent years. In the first Test of the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he hit a century against Australia in Nagpur; in the second Test of the 2021 series, he scored a century against England in Chennai.

Monty Panesar claims that Rohit has an incredible record in Test cricket and is a vital member of Team India.

Monty Panesar lauds Rohit Sharma

Rohit has amassed 3737 runs in 54 Tests thus far, but his Test career took a dramatic change when he was started as an opener against South Africa during the home series in October 2019. With 10 hundreds and 16 fifties to his name in Test Cricket for India, he has a batting average of 45.57.

“Indian batters are attacking against the turning ball. They are a bit more fearless. The key man for India is going to be Rohit Sharma. He’s the Don Bradman of turning pitches. His record is unbelievable. England have to get Rohit out early right through to have a chance of winning the Test series,” Panesar was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“If England can keep Rohit quiet, India will be going to Plan B. You then put the younger batters under pressure. That is going to be key,” he added.

Alcohol ended Panesar’s career

Monty Panesar, an off-spinner of the England cricket team, is one of those players who spoiled his career by committing shameful acts outside the field. In fact, in 2013, he created a ruckus at Shoosh Night Club in Brighton under the influence of alcohol.
Panesar got drunk and urinated on the bouncers of the club. Not only this, there were reports at that time that Panesar had harassed some girls in that nightclub. The police also fined Monty Panesar for the bad behavior of urinating on the bouncer. However, Panesar later apologized to the bouncers. 40-year-old Monty Panesar was also dropped from the team after this incident. After which he could never return to the team again.

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