• Monday, December 04, 2023


Son Angad issues statement over former India cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi’s demise

The bereaved family also thanked everyone for remembering his late father and celebrating his “grit, humour, and giant heart”.

By: Mohnish Singh

Legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi passed away on Monday at the age of 77 in Delhi after a prolonged illness. A day after his demise, his son Angad Bedi and daughter-in-law Neha Dhupia paid tribute to him via an official statement.

The heartwarming note read, “Isn’t it completely in Dad’s character to bowl us over with the ultimate spin ball, one that even we never saw coming. While we are in shock and overcome with grief, we find solace in knowing that he lived a rich, fearless, and full life that inspired many.”

The bereaved family also thanked everyone for remembering his late father and celebrating his “grit, humour, and giant heart”.

“Thank you to everyone for celebrating his grit, humour, and a giant heart. It is heartwarming to see how many generations Dad inspired through his life. Every day of his life was spent in devotion to his family and faith, and in service to his Waheguru. He epitomised living a life that was Nirbhau-Nirvair and we are comforted in knowing that he is with His Beloved now. “Dad, we were blessed to have you as our fearless leader. We will strive to live by your motto – to observe and absorb. Keep guiding us from the great beyond. In love and faith, Anju Bedi, Angad Bedi, Neha Dhupia Bedi, Neha Bedi Gautam Malhotra, Mehr Dhupia Bedi Guriq Dhupia Bedi, Suhavi Bedi Malhotra,” the statement further read.

Angad and Neha captioned the post, “Chardi Kala (eternal optimism)”.

Members from the film and cricket fraternity chimed in the comment section and offered their condolences.

“Waheguru Mehar Kare,” singer Harshdeep Kaur commented.

“Sorry Angad stay strong,” actor Richa Chadha commented.

The legendary spinner represented India in 67 Tests and 10 ODIs, taking a combined of 273 wickets.

Renowned for his profound understanding of the game, Bedi’s elegant and rhythmic bowling action, coupled with his ability to generate prodigious spin, and his discipline with the ball earned him tremendous success.

With an astounding 1560 first-class wickets to his credit, Mr Bedi also led India in 22 Tests, with three of the six wins coming on foreign soil. He also featured in India’s inaugural ODI, played on July 13, 1974, in Leeds. At the time of his retirement, Bedi held the distinction of being India’s highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.

Post-retirement, he briefly served as Manager and was also a national selector. His illustrious cricketing journey was aptly recognized with several accolades, including the prestigious Padma Shri in 1970 and BCCI’s CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

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