Bishan Singh Bedi


Bishan Singh Bedi

Born: 25 September 1946, Amritsar
Major Teams: Northern Punjab, Delhi, Northamptonshire, India.
Known As: Bishan Bedi
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left Arm Orthodox


Bishan Singh Bedi was one of the great quartet of spinners who graced Indian teams of the 70s (the others being Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrashekhar, and Srinivas Venkatraghavan). Described as "the most subtle and artistic slow left arm orthodox bowler of his generation" by Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Bedi's graceful run-up and delivery were a joy to watch. Approaching the wicket on the balls of his feet, a seemingly effortless swing of the left arm released the ball at the highest possible point with a deceptive looping flight. His flight, combined with seemingly endless variation of pace, spin and bounce could puzzle even the most solid and technically correct of players. Bedi batted right handed, usually wearing spectacles, and could hit effectively from his usual number 10 spot. One of the most popular cricketers of his time, both with the crowds, and his opponents, he had a reputation for sportmanship rare in cricketers of his era. He captained India in the late 70s, but had little success, and retired from the Test scene shortly after resigning from the position. He played several seasons in England for Northants, being very effective in the county championship, somewhat less so in one day cricket. He is currently responsible for the training of quite a few spinners in India. (Muraari Vasudevan and Dave Liverman, 1998

Test Debut: India v West Indies at Calcutta, 2nd Test, 1966/67
Last Test: India v England at The Oval, 4th Test, 1979

ODI Debut: India v England at Leeds, Prudential Trophy, 1974
Last ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Manchester, World Cup, 1979

Career Statistics:

                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   67  101  28   656   50*   8.98   0   1   26   0

                     Balls    M     R    W    Ave   BBI   5 10    SR  Econ
Bowling              21364 1096  7637  266  28.71  7-98  14  1  80.3  2.14

                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   10    7   2    31   13    6.20   0   0    4   0

                     Balls    M     R    W    Ave   BBI  4w 5w    SR  Econ
Bowling                590   17   340    7  48.57  2-44   0  0  84.2  3.45

 (1961/62 - 1980/81)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100s   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  370  426 111  3584   61   11.37    0  172   0

                       R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10
Bowling            33843 1560  21.69  7-5   106  20

 (1972 - 1981/82)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   72   45  13   218   24*   6.81   0   0   21   01

                    Balls     R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling              3686  2087   71  29.39  5-30    1   1  51.9  3.39


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