An Indian playing in England team is nothing new... We have had Vikram Solanki, Ronni Irani who had links with Indian soil but played cricket from England. Nasser Hussain went one step ahead as he captained England team and did it quite well.
The latest to join the list is Monty Panesar - Mudhusen Singh Panesar, who is selected in England's squad to tour India. His family belongs to Ludhiana, Punjab and he will be coming to India with England cricket team later next month. His selection came as Englands' primier spinner - Ashley Giles has not completely recovered from his surgery and they needed a back up. Panesar is a 23 year old "Sikh" - first in his community to play cricket from England.
He is a left arm spinner who bowls fastish left armer's delivery and gets good turn. His biggest asset is his high arm action which combines with his height to help him get good bounce. Panesar won't be coming to India for the first time as he was here with Englands' under 19 team three years ago.
Then he was considered a real talent but critics has said that he always picks wickets at Northamton, where wickets always turn. Panesar picked up 31 wickets last year there, off his 46 wickets in 2005 at an average of 21.54 for Northamtonshire. Although Coach Dunan Fletcher liked players who are good in more than one aspect of the game, Panesar is not at all handy with bat as he made only 75 runs in 11 innings last year. He was also critisied of his lazyness on the field... but now people say he has improved quite a bit after he visited South Australia Cricket accademy just before the christmas and honed his skills...
I am not sure how successfull he can be here in India as our batsmen play any spinner in the whole world with ultimate easy. But I hope this devouted Sikh Guru follower will get some very important lessons on this upcoming tour and get better for future.