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Bishan Singh Bedi passes away at 77: Top achievements of India’s greatest-ever left-arm spinner

Known for his outspokenness, late cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi often used to applaud batters when they smoked sixes during his spell. He passed away at the age of seventy seven.

A true gentleman in the game, Bhishan Singh Bedi was born in Amritsar in 1946 and his stateside (Northern Punjab) roped in the talented spinner at the age of fifteen.

Bedi made his debut when the mighty West Indies side starring Clive Lloyd and Garry Sobers toured India for a three-match series in 1966.

In the 2nd Test between the two sides, debutant Bedi bagged two wickets and bowled 36 overs at the monumental Eden Gardens. Bedi became an integral part of India’s iconic spin quartet featuring Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan in the 1970s. The legendary spinner etched his name into record books on several occasions.

Top 5 achievements of the former India captain.

  • Record 1560 wickets
  • India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests – Test cricket with 266 wickets under his belt
  • County icon who captained India in 22 Tests
  • Played crucial role in India’s first ODI win
  • India’s first professional head coach

One of the greatest spinners in the history of the game, the former India skipper died at the age of 77 in New Delhi on Monday (October 23, 2023). Ailing for the last two years, the celebrated cricketer underwent multiple surgeries. Often dubbed as India’s greatest left-arm spinner, Bedi is survived by his wife Anju, and two children, Neha and Angad.

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