New Delhi: For a true cricket fan, the name of Bishan Singh Bedi invokes respect and instantaneously, phrases like ‘spin wizard’ start taking form in your head.
When the man who formed the famous Indian spin quartet of 70’s appears in flesh and blood, you cannot refrain from asking numerous questions; however stupid they are and also get his autograph.
But what if someone manning a national cricket ground fails to recognize Bedi? Refuses him entry into a cricket ground which once was his bastion, where he tricked the batsman with his guile and entertained the crowds with his mastery?
Unthinkable? But it is true. Recently New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key was in Ferozshah Kotla along with former New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming. Due to the high profile nature of the visit, the entire stadium was turned into a fortress.
Bishan Singh Bedi too tried making his way into the stadium but for the poor cricketing knowledge of the security personnel deployed at the entrance who refused to recognize him and denied entry.
Bedi introduced himself to the policeman saying, “Main BishenSingh Bedi hoon”. He received an unexpected reply: “Kaun Bishan Singh Bedi?”
It was only when the spin legend explained to him that he was a former cricketer and a DDCA member, only then the policeman budged and allowed him an entry.
In a country obsessed with cricket, where cricket stars are no less than demigods, where cricket is a religion; sometimes such incidents occur that leave you puzzled and wondering.