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Bishan Singh Bedi


The writer is a former captain of the Indian cricket team.

The case for Ajinkya Rahane
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Gabba win provokes the question: Does India need Virat Kohli the great batsman or Virat Kohli a mediocre captain? In the larger interest of Indian cricket, Rahane should lead in Tests

India’s 1974 tour to England was a disaster, both on and off the field
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

So while this new low of 36 all out at Adelaide might have replaced our 42 all out at Lord’s as India’s worst Test score ever, it does not change the fact that 1974 was a miserable tour.

Bishan Singh Bedi: ‘With years, this too shall pass’
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

The former Indian cricket captain, 74, on the resilience that got him through the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Left-arm spinner Rajinder Goel served cricket selflessly and quietly
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Rajinder Goel was almost robotic in his bowling pattern, and was a captain’s delight. He never asked for any particular end or field placement. “Just give me one over to find my rhythm,” he’d say confidently. And then he would go about his job with mechanical precision.

Kishen Wadhwaney: A treasure trove of stories, an inimitable presence in press box
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

Wadhwaney was a voracious writer, authoring several books. He also covered the historic Indian tour to South Africa in 1992, and was quite impressed by the facilities there.

Police action against age-fudging in Delhi junior cricket was long overdue
Thu, Jun 20, 2019

Now, please allow me to mention our collective fight against all of DDCA’s malpractices over the years. If it wasn’t for Kirti Azad’s sustained recorded communication with the DDCA and Delhi Police, this mess of age-fudging might have never seen the light of day.

IPL probe hurts, but it must go on
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

Cricket is a way of life. But I find myself asking the question: Is the game clean?

Bring honour back to Indian sport
Fri, Aug 29, 2003

Like the pilot who, seeing that the radar had failed at 40,000 feet, told his passengers that at least the speed was alright, Indian sport i...

Ducking the Bouncers
Sun, Jul 27, 2003

A FEW summers ago, I bumped into Javed Miandad at a social do in England. He was in his element, narrating cricket stories with abandon. I m...

Why I’m with Milkha: because I believe
Sun, Jul 13, 2003

I have known Sardar Milkha Singh for over four decades now. And I have admired the man from the first time I saw him at close quarters. That...

Forget the hype, go out and do your stuff
Wed, Feb 19, 2003

The Indian team went to the World Cup with a lot of hype, which I thought was unnecessary. Now, after their none-too-impressive show against...

Here’s to a Waughsome cricketer, human being
Sat, Jan 04, 2003

This may well be read as an obituary, not of a legend of legends but of a system blatently bereft of all humane emotion. As I saw Steve Waug...

R Sriman — A tribute
Tue, Dec 19, 2000

I see myself treading on a few toes as I venture to pay homage to a very dear friend -- `RS' -- not `Mr' or `Shri' any more. But `Late' fo...

National Academy, best booster for Indian cricket
Sun, Jul 16, 2000

After completing a three-month summer cricket coaching clinic with SAI at the Nehru Stadium in Delhi, our team of coaches and trainers wer...

Cricket has been floored by a knock-out punch
Sun, Jun 25, 2000

JUNE 24: Let us assume the BCCI's assertion that nobody in Indian cricket is involved with the present scandal of `match-fixing'. Why is i...

Why is the BCCI a mute observer to Bindra’s blatant mud-slinging
Sun, May 07, 2000

The Father of the Nation once described the seven deadly sins as wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without chara...

Tranquility factor can be well grasped in Sharja
Sun, Mar 26, 2000

While on the subject of diplomacy, one Mr William Jefferson Clinton has been playing havoc with his presence in Delhi. Not that many Delhi...

All-time best XI proves past had more to offer
Sun, Mar 12, 2000

We were up in Patiala the day Indians were battling it out at Kochi in the opening One-dayer against South Africa. While we were enjoying ...

Karthik’s temperament on debut was impressive
Mon, Feb 28, 2000

Three days after Sachin Tendulkar dropped the bombshell of stepping down from the hot seat of Indian captaincy -- much to the relief of hi...

Karthik was impressive on Test debut
Sun, Feb 27, 2000

FEBRUARY 26: Three days after Sachin Tendulkar dropped the bombshell of stepping down from the hot seat of Indian captaincy much to the re...

Once selection is based on logic, Indian cricket will prosper
Mon, Feb 21, 2000

I wish to dedicate this piece to the memory of my wife's father who passed away three days ago. In a persistent race to find a place in th...

Mr Dalmiya, your platform is Lord’s, not the Vatican
Sun, Feb 13, 2000

The wonderful cricketing infrastructure in Australia has received deserving accolades from India's Kapil Dev and Pakistan's Wasim Akram. B...

Ex-cricketers on sub-committees a convenient gimmick
Mon, Feb 07, 2000

India's flannelled heroes finally returned home to a press meet in a five star hotel jointly owned by the BCCI chief in Chennai. How ironi...

An open letter to Dr Muthiah
Mon, Jan 31, 2000

Respected Dr Muthiah,I am indeed constrained to write this note hoping you would acknowledge the spirit in which it is being penned down. ...

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered with Indian cricket
Sun, Jan 23, 2000

While Indian cricket continues to flounder, it is becoming increasingly difficult to flog the dead horse. Considering only eleven can repr...