Former India captain and spinner Bishan Bedi dies at the age of 77

After a protracted illness, famous spinner and former captain of India Bishan Singh Bedi passed away in Delhi at the age of 77.

Known as one of the best left-arm spinners of all time, Bedi was a member of the famous Indian spin quartet of the 1970s that included Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna, and Srinivas Venkataraghavan.

More than any other Indian cricketer, Bedi amassed 1560 wickets during his outstanding first-class career. Bedi made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1967. He went on to play 67 Tests and 10 ODIs for India before making his farewell appearance at the Oval against England in 1979.

Bedi was a member of the team that helped India win their first ODI match, despite taking just seven wickets in the format. That victory occurred during the 1975 World Cup matchup with East Africa, as Bedi bowled out the opposition for just 120 runs with impressive stats of 12-8-6-1.

Bedi led the national team in 22 matches and finished with 266 wickets in Test cricket, including 14 five-wicket hauls. In addition, the left-arm spinner enjoyed great success playing county cricket for Northamptonshire, where he captained Delhi to two Ranji Trophy victories in 1979 and 1980.

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