IPL is the 'Vidya Balan of Indian cricket', says Bishan Singh Bedi

Updated: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 16:48 [IST]
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Mumbai, Sep 7: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has said Indian Premier League (IPL) is "the Vidya Balan of Indian Cricket", which is "entertainment, entertainment, entertainment".

Bedi felt that first-class cricket is the base for international cricket and said the country would benefit from zonal contests in the domestic tournaments.

'IPL is Vidya Balan of Indian cricket'

"Indian Premier League (IPL) is not my cup of tea. Test match is a legacy for me. For me, first-class cricket is your base. It builds you for international competition. First-class - Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy - had a lot of significance when we were playing. But we are not interested in preserving our own legacy. It feels sad when our legacy is ruined. IPL is the Vidya Balan of Indian cricket - entertainment, entertainment, entertainment," Bedi said on Friday (September 6).

Talking about the "doosra" bowled by spinners, he said: "Cricket has a lot of social connotations. What would you call the other man in a woman's life, a doosra. If it is not acceptable socially, then why is it acceptable in the cricket field? Forget doosra and teesra, try bowling the first one properly," he said.

About the current Indian team, former left-arm spinner said J&K off-spinner Parvez Rasool would get the impetus to catch up with mainstay R Ashwin after being drafted in the squad for the last tour.

"Ashwin is beginning to enjoy the responsibility of being the leading wicket-taker and perhaps the go to man for the Indian captain. As far as Rasool is concerned, he has a fair amount to cover, to catch up with Ashwin. At least he is in frame now and that should help him to gain a little more impetus and change his outlook towards the game," he said.

Asked if there is a concern with the present Indian bowling attack that is pace-dominated, Bedi said, "Who is concerned about this in BCCI? When things are going alright, everything appears to be hunky dory."

Meanwhile, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad said even the IPL has brought in spectators but Test cricket remained the real game.

"Six years back, before the IPL started, Indian cricket was getting lethargic. It was going low. It looked like we might land up in a position like West Indies. The day cricketers would not play cricket but play basketball or football.

"IPL lightened the game suddenly. It got so much popularity that stadiums started filling up. There was nobody to watch Test matches, forget Ranji Trophy matches. After IPL, things have picked up. Lot many coaching centres have come up," he said.

"I am not a big fan of T20. I try and advocate to youngsters that they should not emulate what happens in IPL otherwise your cricket is over. As a game, Test cricket is real cricket," he added.


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Story first published:  Saturday, September 7, 2013, 15:22 [IST]
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