Loose whites, tight turban and a mental strength that of steel. There could not be a better way to describe the great Bishan Singh Bedi. Another Indian bowler whose cricketing legend is more than what his statistics tell.
Bedi, along with Prasanna used to be the parameter of a batsman’s skills. So if you could play Bedi, you were a good batsman. Such was the enigma of the man from Punjab.
Here, watch Bishan Singh Bedi showcasing his batting skills:
Bedi’s left arm spin was full of all the variations – flight, loop, spin and pace. He would bowl all these deliveries without a degree of change in his bowling action. And that’s what set Bishan Singh Bedi apart from his contemporaries.
Bedi was born on September 25, 1946, in Amritsar in Punjab. In 67 Tests he played, Bedi took a total of 266 wickets, which included a total of 14 five-wicket hauls.
Apart from his precise bowling, Bedi was also known for his outspoken nature. This nature of his remains intact till date. During the 1976-77 England series, Bedi lambasted the use of Vaseline by the English bowlers to swing the ball.
He was a hard taskmaster but he continues to be a funny guy till date.
Bedi is a strong critic of the IPL cricket and he does not even call it cricket. In 2014 when India had lost the Test series to England, he went on to blame IPL for their poor performances. He had said that watching Indian cricketers play was like watching Test cricket in IPL mode. “IPL is the main cause for the disgusting performance by India,” were his words.
Like this statement above, Bedi never shied away from speaking without fear. He is a keen Tweeter and his politics at the right place.