Former captain of the Indian cricket team Bishan Singh Bedi has passed away. Bishan Singh Bedi was 77 years old and was the greatest spinner of Team India in the last century.
Bishan Singh was born on 25 September 1946 in Amritsar, Punjab. Bishan Singh Bedi made his Test debut for India in 1966 and proved to be the biggest match winner for Team India for the next 13 years.
Before his retirement in 1979, Bishan Singh Bedi played 67 Test matches and took 266 wickets at an excellent average of 28.71.
During this period, he was the bowler who took the most wickets from India.
Apart from bowling, Bishan Singh Bedi also had leadership abilities. Bishan Singh Bedi was appointed the captain of Team India in 1976 and he commanded Team India till 1978.
Bishan Singh Bedi is known as a captain who instilled fighting ability in the team and set new benchmarks regarding discipline.
As captain, Bedi also wrote a new story. As captain, Bishan Singh Bedi defeated the strongest team of that time, West Indies, in a Test series on its own soil in 1976.
Even after saying goodbye to cricket, Bishan Singh Bedi’s association with the game did not end. Bishan Singh Bedi kept himself associated with this game for a long time.
Bedi also made her mark in the cricket world as a commentator. Even as a coach, Bishan Singh Bedi remained associated with cricket for a long time.
Not only this, to keep India strong in the spin department, Bishan Singh Bedi trained new players and kept making important contributions to Indian cricket till the last moment.
BCCI Secretary Jai Shah, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Home Minister Amit Shah and leaders of opposition parties have expressed grief over the demise of Bishan Singh Bedi.
Jay Shah said that Indian cricket lost an icon today.