Legendary Indian spinner Bishan Bedi dies at age 77

Bishan Bedi, the legendary Indian spinner and former captain has left the world after being sick and undergoing multiple surgeries in the last two years.

The great man took his last breath in Delhi and left his wife and two children.

Bishan Bedi: A retrospective

The legendary left-arm spinner was born on September 25, 1946, in Amritsar Punjab. He made his test debut at Eden Gardens on 31st December 1966 against the mighty West Indies. After 67 test matches and 266 wickets, the great man called it a day against England in 1979.

In an age dominated by fearsome fast bowlers, Bishan Bedi was one of the best spinners going around. The man from Punjab is not only one of the best left-arm spinners of all time but also a pioneer of the discipline. 

Along with Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Bedi made up a formidable spin quartet in a time when most teams relied on fast bowlers. When he retired with 266 test wickets, Bedi was the highest wicket-taker in Indian cricket history.

Bishan Bedi
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How Indian spin bowlers changed cricket in the subcontinent

His skill as a bowler is further understood by the fact that he has 434 first-class wickets at an average of 20.89 for Northamptonshire in county cricket. In English overcast conditions, catered for fast bowlers, Bishan Bedi thrived with his exceptional skill and intelligence. 

Cricket world reacts to Bedi’s death

With his artistic action and deceptive flight, Bishan Bedi inspired a generation as a bowler. While he had some overzealous moments as a coach, including when he threatened to throw the Indian team into the sea in 1990, he is still revered and admired.

Many in the Indian cricket community have taken to social media to express their heartfelt emotion towards the legend, including Gautam Gambhir and Jay Shah. 

BCCI also released a statement on X, mourning the demise of one of India’s best sons and sharing their condolences for the family.

Losing one of their best during a World Cup on home soil must be tough for Indian fans, but Bishan Bedi will be remembered forever as a deceptive spinner and a colourful person.

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