The art of Bedi: Suresh Menon on the bowler, the man, and the biography

The art of Bedi: Suresh Menon on the bowler, the man, and the biography


In this episode, we chat with the veteran cricket writer Suresh Menon on one of India’s greatest cricketers – Bishan Bedi

Suresh talks about his early impressions of Bedi and the spin quartet, and explores his relationship with Bedi as a fan, a cricket writer, a biographer and a friend.

Talking Points:

  • The late 1960s and the inception of the spin quartet
  • Bedi the prodigy – born to bowl spin
  • Bedi under Pataudi and Wadekar – the blossoming of an artist
  • Suresh’s 2011 biography – Bishan: portrait of an artist
  • The craft of left-arm spin – Bedi’s digital manipulations
  • Why Bedi v Pras might have been more logical than Venkat v Pras
  • ‘No Bedi, no Test’
  • The Vaseline affair in 1976
  • Bedi’s knack for speaking his mind (and getting into trouble)
  • Bedi – the father of cricket in North Zone and Delhi
  • His various post-playing avatars – but always calling a spade a spade


Suresh Menon (@surmenon)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)


Bishan: Portrait of an Artist – Suresh Menon’s 2011 biography of Bedi –

Graceful and gracious – Suresh Menon on his favourite cricketer, Bishan Bedi –

‘I was obsessed with bowling’ -Bishan Bedi interview – The Cricket Monthly

Never a cricketer of the year – Mike Brearley on Bishan Bedi -Wisden Almanack

‘A Lillee Among Slow Bowlers’ – Gideon Haigh on Bedi – The Cricketer

Bedi v Kim Hughes – 1977, Sydney –

Sydney Test 1977, Day 4 – Jai Galagali’s channel –

Bedi interview with Karan Thapar, 2000 –

Feeling is the Thing that Happens in 1000th of a Second – Christian Ryan –

From Bedi to Kohli: a cricket writer’s journey – 81allout podcast with Vijay Lokapally


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