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Panesar trying to keep himself grounded after India tour

Written by: Staff

London, Apr 14 (UNI) Keen to cement his place in the England team following a successful debut in the Test series against India, Monty Panesar said he was trying to keep his feet grounded after being hailed as a potential threat to regular spinner Ashley Giles' place in the side.

''There has been attention but I just try to do as much as I can and focus on the game,'' panesar told the ''BBC Sport''.

''I have to keep training, keep working on all areas of my game and try to bowl well. I've been trying to focus on my cricket and not to get ahead of myself,'' he added.

Panesar recalled his dream debut wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and winning the Mumbai Test after being 1-0 down in the series.

''Winning the Test match in Mumbai was a special moment for us as a team and it was brilliant to get the draw in the Test series,'' he said.

Speaking of his Indian roots and the instant fame that he garnered there, Panesar said he enjoyed his time in the country.

''It's not that hard to recognise me with the beard and the bandana! But people follow the game quite religiously out there and it's nice to be somewhere they have a passion for cricket,'' Panesar said.


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