Bishan Bedi

Country: India
Born: September 25, 1946, Amritsar, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler
Died: October 23, 2023, New Delhi, (aged 77y 28d)

Bishan Bedi Bio

Bishan Singh Bedi is an iconic figure in the world of cricket, renowned for his flawless artistry and mastery of spin bowling. Hailing from India, Bedi achieved great heights and left an indelible mark on the sport. His playing career spanned over 13 years, during which he became one of the most successful bowlers in the history of Indian cricket.

Bedi’s bowling style was a treat to watch for cricket enthusiasts. With unparalleled grace and finesse, he mesmerized batsmen with his deceptive variations in flight, loop, spin, and pace. What made Bedi truly exceptional was his ability to achieve these variations effortlessly, without any noticeable change in action. He consistently challenged batsmen to hit over the top by giving the ball plenty of air, demonstrating his immense courage and confidence.

Throughout his career, Bedi proved to be a consistent wicket-taker, deservedly earning a reputation for being a deadly foe for opposing batsmen. His remarkable skills were honed further during his successful county stint with Northamptonshire, contributing to his incredible tally of 1560 first-class wickets – a record that persists to this day, making him the highest wicket-taker among all Indian bowlers.

Bedi’s journey in cricket was not without controversy. Throughout his playing career, he was forthright and outspoken, never shying away from expressing his opinions. This often landed him in hot water, but it also showcased his unwavering commitment to the integrity of the sport. Some notable instances include his objection to the use of Vaseline by England bowler John Lever in 1976-77, his declaration of India’s second innings at Kingston as a protest against intimidatory bowling by the West Indians in 1976, and his famous threat to dump the Indian cricket team in the sea during his tenure as coach in 1990.

Despite the controversies, Bedi has always remained a generous and wise personality. His passion and love for the game have never waned. He is known for his infinite knowledge of cricket, and his contributions as a coach and mentor have inspired countless young players to follow in his footsteps.

However, as much as Bedi’s love for the game remains evident, it is undeniable that he shows occasional bitterness towards certain aspects of the modern cricket landscape – a sentiment that some perceive as an incurable malaise. Nevertheless, his impact on the sport cannot be denied, and his legacy as one of India’s greatest spin bowlers lives on.

In his personal life, Bedi is a family man who cherishes his loved ones. Beyond cricket, he is a true connoisseur of art, displaying a keen interest in painting and poetry. His multifaceted persona has made him an admired figure not just in the cricketing world, but also in various artistic and intellectual circles.

Bishan Singh Bedi stands as a testament to the essence of the sport of cricket. His technical brilliance, unwavering commitment to fair play, and fearless nature make him an icon in the history of the game. Even today, his presence and wisdom continue to inspire generations of cricketers, ensuring that his legacy lives on for years to come.

Bishan Bedi Career Stats

Bishan Bedi Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 67 101 28 656 50* 8.98 - - 0 1 - 3 26 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 10 7 2 31 13 6.2 70 44.28 0 0 - 0 4 0
FC 370 426 111 3584 61 11.37 - - 0 7 - - 172 0
List A 72 45 13 218 24* 6.81 - - 0 0 - - 21 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Bishan Bedi Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 67 118 21364 7637 266 7/98 10/194 28.71 2.14 80.3 13 14 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 10 10 590 340 7 2/44 2/44 48.57 3.45 84.2 0 0 0
FC 370 - 90354 33843 1560 7/5 - 21.69 2.24 57.9 - 106 20
List A 72 - 3686 2087 71 5/30 5/30 29.39 3.39 51.9 1 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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