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Bishan Singh Bedi, an Indian cricket hero, has died at the age of 77.

He was suffering from age-related ailments and had had several surgeries in previous years.

Bedi, regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, captained India in 22 of his 67 Tests and collected 266 wickets.

He made his debut against the West Indies in 1966 and played his final Test at The Oval against England in 1979.

Bedi also played English county cricket for Northamptonshire, finishing his career with the most first-class wickets of any Indian bowler, 1,560.

Bedi was a key member of India’s world-beating spin bowling four in the 1960s and 1970s, alongside Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, and Srinivas Venkataraghavan. Readers chose Bedi for a spot in BBC Sport’s all-time India Test XI in 2021.

Bedi began playing cricket in school after being born in Amritsar, Punjab, India. He became the 113th cricketer to represent India in Tests when he turned 20.

His finest bowling performance in a 12-year career occurred in 1969, when he took seven wickets for 98 runs against Australia in Kolkata (then known as Calcutta), a Test match that India lost.

Bedi was a spin bowling purist’s dream in his signature pink or brilliant blue turban. Bowling came effortlessly to him, with a slow run-up and a flowing movement. The left arm spinner was described as “stealthy, silent, and deadly, a master of deception who conjured variations in flight, loop, spin, and pace without any perceptible change in action” by a cricket writer.


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