Kapil Dev, Virender Sehwag among other former cricketers attend last rites of Bishan Singh Bedi in Delhi
Bedi was a great spin bowler, and he was also always quick to talk to young people. He even helped a few spin bowlers have good careers in international cricket. The death of Bedi is a huge loss for Indian cricket fans.
Former India captain Kapil Dev, along with Virender Sehwag and several other ex-India cricketers, gathered at the Lodhi Crematorium in New Delhi.
They came together to attend the final rites of the respected spin-bowling legend Bishan Singh Bedi and to honour his memory as a veteran cricketer.
Bedi passed away on Monday, October 24th, following a long battle with illness. On Tuesday, several legendary names of Indian cricket turned up at his funeral ceremony to pay homage to him.
In addition to Kapil and Sehwag, Kirti Azad and Madan Lal, who were part of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, were also present at the event.
Ashish Nehra, a former India pacer and the head coach of an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Murali Kartik, a cricketer turned commentator, and Ajay Jadeja, who is currently a part of Afghanistan's team management in the ongoing World Cup, all paid tribute to the legendary "Sardar of Spin".
Bedi is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished spinners of his era. He has participated in a total of 67 Test matches and successfully taken 266 wickets, with an average of 28.71.
Throughout his illustrious Test career, he achieved a remarkable total of 13 four-wicket hauls and 14 five-wicket hauls.
The left-arm orthodox bowler has also represented India in ten ODIs, taking seven wickets. He made his debut for India in a Test match against the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in December 1966.
The cricketer from Amritsar was a crucial member of India's renowned spin quartet, which included Erapalli Prasanna, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar.
In addition to being a world-class spinner, Bedi consistently made an effort to connect with young players. He also served as a mentor to numerous spinners who later achieved successful careers in international cricket.
The passing of Bedi is a significant loss for the Indian cricket community. He possessed a wealth of knowledge and had much more to contribute to the development of young talent in the country.