England go to Nagpur, back to where it all started for Cook and Panesar
23:29 GMT, 11 December 2012
England's last Test at Nagpur was at the city’s old venue, but it was the start of a new era with Alastair Cook flying in from an A tour in the Caribbean to score 60 and 104 not out on his debut.
It was also Monty Panesar’s first Test, which he marked by claiming Sachin Tendulkar lbw as his maiden wicket.
The first of many: Monty Panesar celebrates bowling Sachin Tendulkar in 2006. He accounted for the Little Master Twice in Mumbai
(Nagpur, March 1-5, 2006)
England 393 (Collingwood 134) and 297 for 3 (Cook 104no).
India 323 (Kaif 91, Hoggard 6-57) and 260 for 6 (Jaffer 100)
The Little Master later signed the ball, writing on it: ‘To Monty, once in a blue moon, never again mate.’
England’s third debutant in a game that ended in a draw was Somerset’s Ian Blackwell, who scored four runs, failed to take a wicket with his left-arm spin and was never picked again for his country.
First of 23: Alastair Cook celebrates his maiden Test century in Nagpur
The good news for England’s seamers was that Matthew Hoggard returned first-innings figures of 30.5-13-57-6.