Former India cricket team captain Bishan Singh Bedi died at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness.
Renowned Indian cricket legend Bishan Singh Bedi has passed away at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness. Bedi was celebrated for his skill as a left-arm spinner and had the honor of captaining the Indian cricket team in 22 matches during his illustrious career. He played for India in 67 Test matches, where he took an impressive 266 wickets, establishing himself as one of the country’s finest spin bowlers. Additionally, Bedi featured in 10 One Day Internationals (ODIs), securing a total of 7 wickets.
Bedi, along with notable spin bowlers such as Erapalli Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar, and S. Venkataraghavan, was a key figure in the transformation of India’s spin bowling expertise. He played a significant role in India’s first-ever ODI victory, where his remarkable figures of 12-8-6-1 helped limit East Africa to a score of 120 runs during the 1975 World Cup.
On the domestic cricket front, Bedi primarily represented the Delhi team, showcasing his talent and contributing to their successes. Following his retirement from playing, he transitioned into the roles of coach and mentor for numerous emerging Indian cricketers. Beyond the cricket field, Bedi expanded his influence by serving as a respected commentator and pundit in the world of cricket. Bishan Singh Bedi’s contributions have left an enduring legacy in Indian cricket.