Indian spin legend and former skipper Bishan Singh Bedi breathes his last aged 77

Indian cricket lost its legend Bishan Singh Bedi as he passed away on Monday at the age of 77. Bedi had played 10 ODI matches and 67 test matches for India and picked 266 test wickets.

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It was a sad day for the Indian cricket fans as they learned the news of Bishan Singh Bedi’s death. The former Indian skipper was 77 years old when the news broke of his passing on Monday afternoon. 

Bishan Singh Bedi was considered a legitimate great of the game during his playing career for India. The Indian team in the late 1960s and 1970s was known to field their spin quartet.

The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and many more greats of the game have called Bishan Singh Bedi the best spinner from India. After his playing days, Bedi became an administrator and was known for his no-nonsense views on the game.

Indian spin legend passes away 

Bishan Singh Bedi a veteran of 67 test matches and 10 ODI games took his last breath on Monday. The man from Delhi was 77 years old and was suffering from illness. Once the news broke cricket fans across India and the world paid their respects to the great man.

Bishan Bedi’s debut test match game against West Indies in 1966 where he picked two wickets in the game. In the next decade, Bishan Bedi formed a great partnership with the other spinners from India. Bedi played a total of 67 tests for India and picked 266 wickets with a career-best of 7/98 versus Australia. 

The decade between the 1960s and 1970’s saw India field four spinners Bedi, Chandrasekhar, Prasanna, and Venkataraghavan. As an Indian skipper, Bishan Bedi was in the middle of what was the most famous test match in Jamaica. 

India had chased down the world record score of 406 against West Indies in Port of Spain. In the next game, West Indian skipper Clive Lloyd unleashed his pace quartet on the hapless Indian team. This tactic had the Indian hopping and injured and as the Indian skipper Bishan Singh Bedi called out such tactics.

During the 1975 ODI World Cup, the left-arm spin legend created a record for ages. In the dozen overs he bowled, Bedi just gave 6 runs and bowled 8 maiden overs while picking 1 wicket. The game against East Africa during that tournament was India’s only World Cup win till 1983.

Post his retirement, Bishan Singh Bedi was also associated with the Indian team as a coach. Behind-the-scenes issues with the Indian team meant that Bishan Singh Bedi had to part ways and draw curtains on his coaching career.  

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