Anil Datt meets
the spinner’s grandparents in Ludhiana
GOLDEN MOMENTS: Monty’s grandparents go through his childhood photographs.
— Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
MONTY Panesar has
his roots in Ludhiana. His paternal grandparents, Hari Singh and
Manjeet Kaur, live in the city and feel proud of their Monty,
particularly after his extraordinary performance in the Test
series against the West Indies. It was his brilliant bowling (23
wickets in four Tests) that helped England win 3-0.
Even in the midst
of the cricketing season, Panesar does not forget to call up his
grandparents in Ludhiana. His dada says Monty calls them
up every now and then: "Wherever he is, whatever he does,
he makes it a point to call us up." Hari Singh laughingly
admits that now — after his grandson has come into the
limelight — the neighbours, too, are curious about Monty’s
How do the
grandparents feel about Monty playing against India? "Even
then we would want him to put in his best," says his
grandfather. He pointed out that once you play a game, you must
play it well. And that remains to be the success mantra for
They are looking
forward to the Indian tour to England from next month. One, they
will watch their own country playing England, second, they will
have their grandson playing against India. "It would be a
wonderful spectacle to watch," exclaims Hari Singh.
Monty has not been
able to visit Ludhiana for a long time. Last time, when he was
in Mohali in March, 2006, for a Test against India, his
grandparents had gone there to see him. "His schedule was
so tight that he could not spare time to visit us in Ludhiana,"
they lamented, adding that they felt happy watching him in
"And not just
us, the whole cricketing world watches him with the same
fascination as we do," his grandparents say with a great
sense of satisfaction.