Monty Panesar wants to join politics, ready to start as London mayor
Monty Panesar wrote his autobiography named "The Full Monty".
Updated - Sep 17, 2019 4:41 pm
Monty Panesar, the English off-spinner has turned into an author who made his debut for England back in 2006. He has been out of favor for long since 2013. Recently he released his book named “The Full Monty”, and had distributed its copies to Indian cricket team in the UK during the World Cup 2019.
For England, he had a dream debut in 2006, where he took Sachin Tendulkar as his first wicket in Nagpur. At the moment he just wants to play cricket in counties. But as far as his future is concerned Monty might opt for politics at the end of his cricket career.
In a gathering announced by Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA), Panesar told, “Politics does interest me. I live in London, I know about London, so maybe once Sadiq Khan is done, he will pass the baton on to me for Mayor of London.”
But at the moment he is totally focusing on becoming super fit for the cricket county season. When asked about his future in politics, Panesar went on to say, “I haven’t really decided that yet because I am still ambitious to play cricket. I will be working on being super fit for the county season but in the meantime, when you are not playing cricket or training, you have to occupy your mind. And, one of my activities is reading about politics.”
Monty praises Indian team and Sachin Tendulkar
In context with Indian cricket, he dearly praised Virat Kohli’s newly fit Indian team and Sachin Tendulkar, “India is now a thriving nation and soon India will take over the world. Sachin Tendulkar should always be at the top. He was a role model not just for India but also for British Indians. He is the greatest sportsman ever and will always be the god of cricket.”
Off-spinner admitted his behavior during his low patch was vulnerable. He regrets that mental health is not something the Asian community in the UK discusses openly. In his 50 Test appearances, he got 167 scalps under his name while playing for the Brits.
In his book, he has talked about the racism that the generation of his parents faced, about him growing up as a happy cricket-obsessed child in England.