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Bishen Bedi's Latest Comments On Murali's Action Pathetic!

© Top Spin By Suni For LankaWeb Cricket.

August 21st 2007

Unwarranted remarks by former Indian cricket captain Bishen Bedi about Sri Lankan Cricketing superstar spinnerr Muttiah Muralidaran seem to have surfaced again and once again appears to have been made irresponsibly and with rank disregard to the ICC and unacceptable coming from a cricketing dignitary of his so called reputation and status in Indian Cricket albeit on many an occassion steeped in controversy and pathetic which isn't really the opinion of the more discerning dignitaries of the game who know him to be a rabble rouser often given to rather reckless and irresponsibly vapid comments. In this sense it seems fair to deduce that the verbose and often self opinionated Bedi has once again thrown a curve ball at Murali's bowling action digging up old skeletons from his own personal closet of frustrated disdain and derision and in all probabilities as some beleive, a result of incentives provided to him by sources who would love to see Muari's mindset distracted just prior to the Sri Lankan tour of Australia for obvious reasons in what may be in his opinion an opportune time to do a bit of surreptitous muckraking although surreptitious it is not, given the publidity it has received!

Bedi is also known to be a champion of the Australian legspinner Shane Warne where he is all praises for Australia's golden boy who was suspended from the game having been caught using banned performance enhancing substances and got away cheaply courtesy of the Australian Cricket Board which Bedi has very conveniently circumvented in all his offers on the topic to the media and his wretched attempt to denigrate one of the true cricketing greats of all time will not go down well with judicious cricket lovers around the world whose single minded focus will be the fact that the ICC had Murali's action thoroughly investigated and made a final ruling that it was legitimate! People like Bedi are an epitome of the saying "It's hard to teach old dogs new tricks" offset against getting the man to shut up!
So what on earth is our turbaned "sing sing" from the Punjab doing making ungainly comments of a defamatory nature about Muralidaran and ranting away on a buried topic that seems to have been exhumed a La Bedi ? one might be inclined to ask! In saying that " Murali's action is the best shott putt in cricket( the last time around it was a javelin throw!) it seems to be a pathetic reflection upon his personal frustrations some of which he may have experienced at the hands of the Indian Cricket Board some years ago when he was rather ingloriously dumped from the Test Squad also due to his verbosity and inefficiancy as an all round gentleman player unable to contain rather temperamental outbursts and continued criticism of his peers while still a player which subsequently resulted in his getting booted from the Indian side. Former Indian captain the great Sunil Gavaskar should bear testimony to this as he once faced a barrage from Bedi also. Once again Bedi's comments are sad and absolutely uncalled for and an apology would be in order although this time around and very justifiably so, Muralidaran is not going to settle for an apology only and is demanding Rs.750 million (about 7.5M US$.) from Bedi for his defamatory remarks failing which legal action appears to be pending!
Bedi has often been at the centre of controversy in which he has wallowed throughout his career and his involvement with Indian Cricket causing much embarrassment to the Indian Cricketing Board even after retirement, something which many Indian and International Cricketing personalities are perfectly aware of and it may be in order to reprimand him for his latest comments on the bowling action of one of the great cricketing personalities of all time as the intent of his comments seems to be directed at denigrating Murali who on any given day being the gentleman that he is would normally take all of this in stride with that well known smile of his and a shrug rather than respond to the grass roots type Bedi comments but in this case Bedi seems to have gone a bit too far as Murali is up in arms against Bedi and is contemplating legal action!
Bedi seems to have almost blindly, overlooked the fact that the issue of Muralitharan's bowling action deemed 'chucking' by a few double visioned and cross eyed Australian and new Zealand Umpires amongst others which caused many a furore both on and off the field involving the governing bodies of Cricket in Australia, England etc. and was finally settled beyond reasonable doubt( or so it was thought!) as it was taken up by the International Cricket Conference the ICC which is the supreme governing body of International Cricket which accepted both medically and technically that the bowling action of Muralitharan was perfectly legitimate and that he was wrongfully incarcerated so what is Mr Bedi whining and belly aching about again?
The Lancashire County Cricket Club who repeatedly invited Murali to play in the County Championship bears testimony to this followed by the many accolades and praises bestowed upon him both as a highly talented player and a charming personality. Conversely the umpire who no-balled him in Australia a certain Mr. Darryl Hair alongside his prime minister John Howard who took the same route have egg all over their faces indefinitely where the consequences were a bit more severe in the case of Hair who was politely excluded from first class umpiring duties after the recent Pakistan ball tampering incident in England and appears to be another individual of the same ilk as Bishen Singh Bedi who revels in controversy where in his case there is nothing to suspend him from other than his suspenders perhaps for his verbosity! Howard of course despite being although Australia's top dog is no authority on cricket and has been ignored by those who matter although at the time he did cause quite a stir which sent him scurrying for cover and came up with a few incoherent mumblings in trying to make amends!
It must be added in all fairness to Bedi that he was a magnificient bowler for India during his prime, befuddling many a batsman with his wily variation of spin, guile and deception and perhaps was let go prematurely by India but gives him no justification to arrive at conclusions which are unfair, controversial and contradictary about someone who is as highly respected and loved for his charm, decorum and talent as Murali, to which Bedi could not hold a candle beyond changing the colours of his turban which he was also reputed for and in the cricketing world of today he would be considered mediocre compared to Murali. Curiously, he seems to have chosen the wrong location to vent out his frustrations as he has also irked the wrath of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and many promineent cricketing personalities including former Skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and are providing all the support for Muttiah Muralidaran to pursue Bedi to bring him to task and shut him up for good!!
Speaking of throwing! there is also a pun in the cricketing world that Bedi himself might have a latent skill hitherto unknown about his prowess at throwing a javelin of a different sort i.e. the verbal javelin he has once again thrown at Murali and has raised many an eyebrow around the cricketing world about its timing and whether it is a deliberate attempt to bring disrepute to someone who is poised to become the greatest bowler of all time on the verge of claiming the record of the most number of wickets by a bowler in both versions of the game.




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