Colonial hangover still plagues BCCI : Bedi

Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Even after 60 years of India's Independence, former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi believes that the yoke of foreign rule still lingers in the minds of the countrymen.

Criticising the BCCI for not looking at domestic coaches for the Team India job, the spin wizard said, ''BCCI is hell bent on getting a foreign coach as if the Indian coaches are not good enough.'' ''It shows our slave mentality to the fairer skin,'' he said.

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About sledging, the 60-year-old Bedi said, ''Never in my playing days such kind of obscenities was heard of, let alone be used.'' Not sparing the Indian players either of doing the same, he said, ''Indians are no lambs....they also do it.

''Its a gentlemen game and it should be played like that,'' Bedi opined.

Bedi, who has taken 266 wickets in 67 Test matches for India, took a dig at Greg Chappell for showing his infamous 'injured finger' in Kolkata.

''Anyone can come up and show us the finger and insult our country but we remain mere spectators,'' the outspoken Bedi said.

Taking Chappell to the cleaners, the armer said, ''It was wrong for Chappell to show the finger after being booed by the Eden Gardens crowd.'' He indirectly scoffed at Rahul Dravid's muted response on the 'finger' episode, saying ''This is insulting to the whole country.

When I spoke to Dravid he merely said it was his injured finger and nothing else, but I laughed at his remarks.'' ''We don't have self esteem,'' he added.

Bedi, who formed the famous spin quartet with Bhagawat Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivasan Venkataraghvan, also criticised the manner in which the present day cricketers use sledging.

Bedi hailsVishy the artist:When asked who the best Indian batsman was, he said ''G RViswanath without doubt....he was an artist.'' Asked why not Gavaskar, the frank-speaking sardar said, ''Gavaskar was more of an accumulator, rather than a craftsman, he could grind the opposition all day.''

Among the current crop of Indian batsman, Bedi said, ''Its Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Tendulkar is more of a bludger, a blaster.'' Taking a sarcastic poke at India's fielding, Bedi remarked ''Robin Singh is the fattest of the lot,'' but after someone pointed out that he was probably the best fielder in his times, he corrected himself saying ''he (Robin) can still give some players in the team a run for their money.''


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