Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Monty Saves the Ashes - Thanks to Man with No Notion of Cricket

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Monty Saves the Ashes - Thanks to Man with No Notion of Cricket

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Byline: AMAR SINGH

MILLIONS of cricket fans awoke this morning to the welcome sight of Monty Panesar almost single-handedly rescuing England's faltering Ashes campaign.

The 24-year-old Sikh from Luton recaptured the limelight in Perth this morning, taking five wickets on his return to the team with a stunning display of spin bowling, which confirmed his status as the barmy army's cult hero.

But the inspiration behind Monty's extraordinary work ethic is a 67-year-old Canadian - who knows nothing about cricket.

Maharaj-Ji Harnek Singh Grewal is the leader of the Nanaksar movement, a Sikh sect with more than 20,000 followers across the world.

In autumn last year Monty, then a shy young bowler struggling to break into the England team, first met the man his parents, Paramjit and Gurcharan Panesar, had revered for much of their lives.

Referring to him as "the master", Monty says the trip to the sect's farmhouse near Edmonton, Canada, was "the defining moment of my life". …

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