Legendary Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi dies at 77

Legendary Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi dies at 77

Legendary Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi dies at 77

Bishan Singh Bedi, one of India’s greatest spinners of all time, died on October 23, 2023, at the age of 77. He had been battling age-related illnesses for some time.

Bedi played 67 Test matches for India between 1966 and 1979, taking 266 wickets at an average of 28.71. He was known for his slow left-arm orthodox bowling, which was characterized by his high level of accuracy, spin, and bounce.

Bedi was also a successful captain, leading India to 14 wins in 22 Test matches. He was known for his aggressive and attacking style of captaincy.

After retiring from cricket, Bedi remained involved in the game as a commentator and analyst. He was also a vocal critic of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), often speaking out against corruption and nepotism in the sport.

Bedi’s death is a major loss for Indian cricket and the world of sport. He was one of the greatest spinners of all time and a true legend of the game.

About the legend

Bishan Singh Bedi was born on September 25, 1946, in Amritsar, India. He started playing cricket at a young age and made his first-class debut for Northern Punjab in 1963-64. He was selected to the Indian Test team in 1966 and quickly established himself as one of the best spinners in the world.

Bedi was known for his accurate and consistent bowling. He was also a master of spin and deception, and he was able to bowl the ball with both turn and bounce. He was particularly effective on turning pitches, where he could exploit the wicket and create havoc among the opposition batsmen.

Bedi was also a successful captain. He led India in 22 Test matches, winning 14 of them. He was known for his aggressive and attacking style of captaincy. He was not afraid to set attacking fields and challenge the opposition batsmen.

Bedi retired from international cricket in 1979 after playing 67 Test matches and 10 ODIs. He finished his Test career with 266 wickets at an average of 28.71. He also took 7 wickets in ODIs at an average of 40.71.

After retiring from cricket, Bedi remained involved in the game as a commentator and analyst. He was also a vocal critic of the BCCI, often speaking out against corruption and nepotism in the sport.

Bedi was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in 1970. He was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bedi was a true legend of the game and one of the greatest spinners of all time. He was also a successful captain and a vocal critic of corruption in cricket. His death is a major loss for Indian cricket and the world of sport.

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