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Bishan Bedi
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Bishan Bedi

India
Bishan Bedi

INTL CAREER: 1966 - 1979

Full Name

Bishan Singh Bedi

Born

September 25, 1946, Amritsar, Punjab

Age

74y 234d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Other

Coach

TEAMS

The purity and perfection of Bedi's art was a connoisseur's dream. He was stealthy, silent and deadly, a master of deception who conjured variations in flight, loop, spin and pace without any perceptible change in action. He bowled with a big heart too, challenging the batsman to hit over the top by giving the ball plenty of air, and was a consistent wicket-taker for most of his career. Helped by a successful county stint with Northamptonshire, he finished with 1560 first-class wickets, more than any other Indian bowler. He was forthright and outspoken throughout his playing career, and inevitably courted controversies: objecting to the use of Vaseline by England bowler John Lever in 1976-7, declaring India's second innings at Kingston in protest against intimidatory bowling by the West Indians in 1976 and, famously, threatening to dump the Indian cricket team in the sea in 1990, when he was the coach. A generous man possessing infinite wisdom, his zest and passion for the game still remains undiminished, although his outburst against various aspects of the modern game sometimes make him seem prone to the incurable malaise of bitterness.
H Natarajan

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test671012865650*8.98013260
ODI107231136.207044.2800040
FC37042611135846111.37071720
List A72451321824*6.8100210
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
Test671182136476372667/9810/19428.7180.3013141
ODI101059034072/442/4448.5784.20000
FC370903543384315607/521.6957.9010620
List A7236862087715/305/3029.3951.90110
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Photos


Ramachandra Guha (centre) with Anil Kumble (left) and Bishan Bedi at the 2017 BCCI Awards
Cover image of <i>Bishan: Portrait of a Cricketer</i>
Bishan Bedi and Clive Lloyd in discussion at the ICC Centenary History Conference
Bishan Bedi chats with Cameron White
Bishan Bedi gives bowling tips to Jason Krejza