Former Indian captain and legendary Spinner Bishan Singh Bedi passes away at 77
New Delhi : Former Indian captain and legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi passed away on Monday at the age of seventy seven due to prolonged illness.
He is survived by his wife Anju, son Angad and daughter Neha.
Born on September 25, 1946 in Amritsar; Bishan Singh Bedi is known for his exceptional left arm spin bowling. He is an iconic figure in the world of cricket.
He played for Indian National Cricket team from 1966 to 1979 during which he was known as one of the finest spin bowlers in the sport's history. In his career, he took 266 wickets in 67 Test matches with 14 five wicket hauls and one 10 wicket haul.
In a remarkable Test career that spanned from 1975 to 1979, Bishan Singh Bedi earned his place as one of India's most esteemed cricket captains. He took the helm of the national Test cricket team following the retirement of the iconic Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. Bedi's leadership extended beyond the international arena, as he also served as the captain of the Delhi Ranji team for an impressive duration, from 1974 to 1982. Under his guidance, the Delhi team rose to prominence and established themselves as a dominant force in Indian domestic cricket.
However, Bedi's influence on Indian cricket transcended his on-field achievements. He is celebrated for his unwavering commitment to cricket ethics and sportsmanship. Even after retiring from active play, he continued to contribute to the sport as a coach and mentor, leaving an enduring mark on the next generation of cricketers.
Today, Bishan Singh Bedi's legacy remains an integral part of Indian cricket history, a testament to his exceptional leadership, ethical values, and dedication to the game.