Renowned Indian Spinner Bishan Singh Bedi Passes Away at 77
Indian cricket legend Bishan Singh Bedi breathed his last at the age of 77 following an extended period of illness. Having led the Indian cricket team in 22 matches, Bedi was celebrated for his craft as a left-arm spinner. His remarkable career spanned from 1967 to 1979, during which he represented India in 67 Tests, claiming an impressive tally of 266 wickets. Additionally, he contributed to the Indian squad in 10 ODIs, securing a total of 7 wickets.
Regarded as one of India’s most exceptional spinners, Bedi played a crucial role in shaping India’s spin bowling landscape, alongside the likes of Erapalli Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar, and S. Venkataraghavan. Notably, he played a pivotal role in India’s first-ever ODI triumph, holding East Africa to 120 runs in the 1975 World Cup with remarkable figures of 12-8-6-1.
Within the domestic circuit, Bedi was a key member of the Delhi team. Following his retirement, he dedicated himself to nurturing budding Indian cricketers, serving as a coach and mentor. Beyond his cricketing commitments, Bedi lent his expertise as a commentator and analyst in the Gentleman’s game.
Known for his candid opinions, Bedi was an outspoken figure, unafraid to express his views on various aspects of the sport. Tributes poured in from the cricket fraternity, with former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan commemorating the legendary spinner, expressing his condolences to Bedi’s family.
During his illustrious career, Bedi briefly assumed the role of manager for the Indian cricket team in 1990, accompanying them on tours to New Zealand and England. He also contributed significantly as a national selector and mentor, guiding promising spinners such as Maninder Singh and Murali Kartik, who valued his technical acumen immensely.