Indian cricket great Bishan Singh Bedi has passed away at the age of 77 after an extended illness.
Bedi, a left-arm spinner, led the Indian cricket team in 22 matches and was an active player from 1967 to 1979. He made his mark in 67 Test matches, claiming 266 wickets, and participated in 10 ODIs, securing 7 wickets.
Widely recognized as one of India’s finest spin bowlers, Bedi played a pivotal role in India’s spin bowling revolution alongside Erapalli Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar, and S. Venkataraghavan. He was a key contributor to India’s first-ever ODI victory and delivered a remarkable performance in the 1975 World Cup by restricting East Africa to 120 runs with figures of 12-8-6-1.
In the realm of domestic cricket, Bedi primarily represented the Delhi team. Following his retirement, he contributed as a coach and mentor to numerous emerging Indian cricketers. Beyond the cricketing field, he also established himself as a commentator and pundit in the world of cricket.
Known for his candid and straightforward opinions, Bedi was an outspoken figure when discussing various aspects of the game. Additionally, he briefly managed the Indian cricket team during their 1990 tours of New Zealand and England, served as a national selector, and mentored promising spinners like Maninder Singh and Murali Kartik, who valued his technical insights. Bishan Singh Bedi’s influence on Indian cricket is a lasting legacy that will be remembered by generations to come.