December 3, 2023

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NEW DELHI — Bishan Bedi, the India cricket nice whose dazzling left-arm spin claimed 266 check wickets, has died. He was 77.

The dying of Bedi, who underwent a number of surgical procedures during the last two years that included a knee operation a month in the past, was confirmed by the Board of Management for Cricket in India on Monday.

“The BCCI mourns the unhappy demise of former India Take a look at Captain and legendary spinner, Bishan Singh Bedi,” the BCCI wrote on X, previously often known as Twitter. “Our ideas and prayers are together with his household and followers in these powerful instances. Might his soul relaxation in peace.”

Born in Amritsar on Sept. 25, 1946, Bedi was a part of the well-known Indian spin quartet with Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan within the Seventies.

Indian bowler Bishan Singh Bedi, foreground, competes in a match in 1971. (Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Hulton Archive through Getty Pictures)

Bedi earned his 266 wickets in 67 check matches, at a mean of 28.71, with finest innings figures of 7-98 and finest match figures of 10-194. His final check match was towards England on the Oval in 1979. On the time of his retirement, he was India’s main wicket-taker earlier than being overtaken by Kapil Dev a couple of years later. He averaged beneath 9 runs in checks as a right-handed batter however had a highest rating of fifty not out.

He performed solely 10 ODIs between 1974-79, choosing up seven wickets.