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Bishan Singh Bedi, former India captain and legendary spinner, dies at 77

Bishan Singh Bedi was born on September 25, 1946 in Amritsar and was a brilliant left arm bowler. He played Test cricket for India from 1966 to 1979. He captained India in 22 Test matches and took 266 wickets in 67 Tests.

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Bishan Singh Bedi, former India captain and legendary spinner, dies at 77

Bishan Singh Bedi, the former India captain and legendary spinner, died on Monday. He was 77. Bedi was part of the famous spin quartet that also comprised Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrashekhar, S. Venkataraghavan in the 1970s. The demise comes as the 2023 World Cup in the ODI format is being held in the country.

Bishan Singh Bedi was born on September 25, 1946 in Amritsar and was a brilliant left arm bowler. He played Test cricket for India from 1966 to 1979. He captained India in 22 Test matches and took 266 wickets in 67 Tests. He finished his first-class career with 1,560 wickets.
An orthodox left-arm spinner, Bedi represented India in 67 Tests between 1967 and 1979, picking up 266 wickets at an average of 28.71. He also played 10 ODIs.

His bowling action was described by his peers as the most textbook one. Countless cricketers to come after Bedi have described the influence the left-armer had on their bowling.
He was appointed India captain in 1976 after fellow spinner Venkataraghavan. He led India in Test series against West Indies, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand away and led the country against New Zealand and England at home.

Bedi was the gentleman cricketer and was seminal in spotting talent, one of those he spotted being Maninder Singh. Bedi, the man, was not shy of calling a spade a spade even in trying circumstances. His son Angad is an actor.He played a very important role in India’s historic 1971 series victory against England where he was the captain of the team in absence of the injured Ajit Wadekar and helped in solidifying India’s reputation as competitive international team

Bishan Singh Bedi had a distinguished domestic cricket career particularly with the Delhi team. He served as a mentor to many spin bowlers and played a significant role in nurturing young cricketing talent in India.He is survived by wife Anju Inderjit Bedi and his four children, including actor Angad Bedi.

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IPL 2024: Pat Cummins named Sunrisers Hyderabad captain

Cummins replaces Aiden Markram as the skipper of the franchise.

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IPL 2024: Pat Cummins named Sunrisers Hyderabad captain

Pat Cummins will be the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s new captain starting in the 2024 IPL season, the team has officially confirmed.

Aiden Markram will be replaced at SRH by Cummins, who guided Australia to the World Test Championship and the ODI World Cup in 2023.

During the IPL 2024 auction, the Australian pacer went for 20.5 crore rupees, making him the second most expensive player in the tournament’s history.

The news was made just one day after it was reported that Cummins was expected to take Markram’s spot as the team’s captain for the next campaign.

During a interview, Cummins said, India is a second home to him. They are here for a very long time. IPL you’ve got your home teams, he added. It feels genuinely that he has a large following here. Or cricket supporters who have at least cheered you on, or, you know, many people who approach him and said, Oh, he is from Kolkata or they support KKR. Thus, it’s comforting to know that not everyone is against you, Cummins added.

In his first match as captain at the historic Eden Gardens, Cummins will be back in familiar surroundings as he takes against his former team, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Cummins will play in the IPL for the eighth time in 2024. He was formerly a member of the KKR team, which paid an astounding 15.50 crores to acquire him—the highest price paid at the 2020 Indian Premier League auction. Cummins, while smashing the fastest fifty-run in IPL history at the time with 14 balls, did not, however, measure up to the expectations associated with the price tag, particularly with the ball. In 2022, he made his final IPL appearance, appearing in five matches, taking seven wickets and only managing 63 runs.

The match is scheduled for March 23, the first double header of the 2023 season.

Meanwhile, SRH squad includes Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar, Glenn Phillips, Sanvir Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Agarwal, T. Natarajan, Anmolpreet Singh, Mayank Markande, Upendra Singh Yadav, Umran Malik, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Shahbaz Ahmed, Travis Head, Wanindu Hasaranga, Pat Cummins, Jaydev Unadkat, Akash Singh, Jhathavedh Subramanyan.

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Chennai Super Kings begin pre-season camp ahead of IPL 2024

Defending champions CSK and RCB are all set to square off in their opening match on March 22.

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In the presence of pacer Deepak Chahar, who will be aiming for a national comeback through an ongoing run for his team in the IPL commencing on March 22, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pre-season training got underway here on Saturday.

An official from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) said the first batch of local (Indian) players arrived on Friday, and more are expected to arrive in the coming days.

The first group of players to arrive in the city were Simarjeet Singh (pacer), Rajvardhan Hangargekar (all-rounder), Mukesh Choudhary (pacer), Prashant Solanki (spinner), Ajay Mandal (all-rounder), and Deepak Chahar (seamer), as verified by CSK on Friday.

But last month, when working out at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, he declared himself perfectly fit. With the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the USA in June, the injury-prone bowler is hoping to return to the national team.

However, the team’s captain and fans favorite, MS Dhoni He was seen in Jamnagar on Friday with his wife Sakshi, where they were present to attend Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding event.

On March 22, CSK will play their first IPL 2024 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

It is anticipated that this would be last season for MS Dhoni. The keeper-batter would like to win the title one last time to cap off his stellar career.

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BCCI to introduce women’s Test match tournament in Pune from March 28

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After four years, women’s red-ball cricket will be contested domestically in India again as the BCCI holds the senior inter zonal multi-day Trophy in Pune starting on March 28, the board said on Friday.

Following the Indian women’s team’s return to Test cricket, the decision was taken. In recent years, the team has faced Australia and England in Test matches. The last time women’s domestic red ball cricket was played was in 2018.

Former India bowler Amita Sharma said this is a positive move made by BCCI.  Sharma said, they need the next generation of cricketers to play red ball cricket at the domestic level. The national team has started playing Test cricket again.

Red ball should be played at the state level as well, not simply the zonal level, in her opinion. They had both of those incidents back then, she continued.

Six teams representing the East, West, North, South, Central, and North-East zones will compete in the tournament, which is being hosted by the Maharashtra Cricket Association.

Taking place over three days each, the five matches they will compete in will be one day longer than the two-day games of the 2018 season.

The tournament will start immediately following the Women’s Premier League, which concludes on March 17.

On March 28, the quarterfinals between the East and North East Zones and the West and Central Zones will take place. On April 3, the semifinals are scheduled. The final match is scheduled to be held on April 9, 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is off to a great start in its second edition. There have already been a few nail-biting dramas in the six-team competition, and it looks like more to come. Delhi Capitals (DC) have won two of their last three games and are now top of the rankings with four points. Both the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have four points overall, although they lag behind DC on the net run rate (NRR).

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