Friday, 2 January 2009
Bishen Singh Bedi, born 25 September 1946 in Amritsar, is a former bowler for the Indian cricket team. He played Test cricket for India and also captained the national side in 22 Test matches. Bedi is known for being outspoken and forthright in his views on cricketing matters. As the captain of India, Bedi's personality inevitably led to some controversies. One famous controversy occurred during a Test match against the West Indies in 1976 when he objected to the intimidatory tactics of the West Indian fast bowlers and declared the Indian first innings closed early after two players were forced to retire hurt. In the 1974-75 season of the Ranji Trophy, he took a record 64 wickets. Bedi also represented Northamptonshire in English county cricket for many years. He finished his career with 1560 wickets in first-class cricket — more than any other Indian. In 1990, he had a brief stint as coach of the Indian national team. He was the first person to be appointed to this job in a full-time capacity. Following one cricket tour where India had played poorly, he famously threatened to dump the entire team in the sea on the return journey.