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PIX: Kapil, Sehwag, Nehra at Bishan Singh Bedi's last rites

October 24, 2023 17:37 IST

IMAGE: Sharmila Tagore, wife of former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi speaks to Kapil Dev during the cremation of Bishan Singh Bedi at Lodhi Road Cremation Ground, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. Photograph: ANI

Cricketing fraternity, including Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag, attended the last rites of legendary Indian spinner Bishan Bedi in Delhi on Tuesday.

Bedi, 77, passed away on Monday after a prolonged illness.


The big names of Indian cricket including World Cup-winning captain Kapil, Madan Lal, Sehwag and Kirti Azad were there to pay their last respects.

IMAGE: Sharmila Tagore consoles Angad Bedi, son of Bishan Singh Bedi. Photograph: ANI

Also present were Ashish Nehra, Ajay Jadeja, who is currently part of the Afghanistan support staff, and Murali Kartik, who learnt the tricks of the trade from the 'Sardar of Spin'.

"A whole lot of first-class cricketers were also present. He was a great cricketer as well as a great human being," said a former cricketer who was present at the Lodhi Crematorium.

Born in Amritsar in 1946, Bedi played 67 Tests for India and took 266 wickets with 14 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.

He was part of Indian cricket's golden quartet of spinners that also had Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chadrasekhar and Srinivas Venkataraghavan. They formed the core of India's bowling unit for more than a decade between 1966 and 1978.

IMAGE: Bishan Singh Bedi's daughter Neha Bedi with sister-in-law Neha Dhupia. Photograph: ANI

Bedi was briefly the manager of the Indian cricket team in 1990 during tours of New Zealand and England.

He was also a national selector and mentor to many talented spinners like Maninder Singh, Sunil Joshi and Murali Kartik, who all swore by his technical insight.

Bedi was also one of the most admired Indian captains and he led the team for nearly four years in Test cricket between 1975 and 1979 after Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's retirement.

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