Bishan Singh Bedi: Indian cricket legend and member of famed spin quartet dies at 77

Former Indian captain and spinner Bishan Singh Bedi, who is one among the four legends who made the famed Indian spin quartet, passed away on Monday (October 23, 2023).

Former Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi dies at 77 Photo Courtesy: Bishan Singh Bedi X page

He was 77.

The left-arm spinner played Test cricket for India from 1966 to 1979.

The other three bowlers of the spinning quartet included Erapalli Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar, and S. Venkataraghavan.

He played a total of 67 Tests and took 266 wickets.

Bedi captained the national side in 22 Tests.

He was awarded the Padma Shri award in 1970 and the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Board of Control for Cricket in India posted on X, "The BCCI mourns the sad demise of former India Test Captain and legendary spinner, Bishan Singh Bedi."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and fans in these tough times," the Indian cricket board wrote.

"May his soul rest in peace," the board said.

Union Minister Anurag Thakur posted: "Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of legendary India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi. His contributions to Indian cricket and his artistry on the field will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and the entire cricketing community. May his soul rest in peace."

Union Home Minister Amit Shah remarked: "Deeply saddened by the demise of the legendary spinner and former captain of the Indian cricket team Bishan Singh Bedi Ji. Bedi Ji will live in our memories not only through his contribution to the cricketing world but also as the master of crafty bowling who could weave magic on the pitch. My heartfelt condolences to his family members and his fans in this hour of grief."

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said: "Deeply saddened by the loss of a cricket legend and former Captain of Team India, Padma Shri Bishan Singh Bedi Ji. His exceptional talent as a spin bowler left an indelible mark on the cricket world. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. May his legacy continue to inspire generations. Omm Shanti."

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina said: "Deeply saddened by the passing of the cricket legend, Shri Bishan Singh Bedi Ji. His impact on the sport is immeasurable, and my heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time."

Indian cricketer Mohammed Siraj, who is currently playing the World Cup for India, posted on X: "A legend of Indian cricket. RIP Bishan Singh Bedi Sir. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."