Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam was shocked into silence after listening to concerning the demise of Indian nice Bishan Singh Bedi, his closest good friend throughout the border. Bedi’s loss of life felt like a private loss for Alam, who spoke to PTI over the telephone from Lahore. Their friendship dates again to 1971 when Bedi toured England with the Indian crew and Alam, representing Surrey, performed the legendary left-arm spinner in a tour recreation.
In the identical yr, each Alam and Bedi went on a 5 month tour of Australia with the World XI squad and it was then their bond grew stronger.
More not too long ago, they reunited on the Kartarpur Sahib in October final yr and reminisced the previous instances.
Alam sighed when he heard about Bedi’s loss of life earlier than gathering his breath to pay tribute to one of many biggest spinners of all time.
“What a great personality he was. A kind hearted person, full of humour. There was never a dull moment when he was around.
“He was after all a world class cricketer however a fair higher human being. I’ve misplaced my closest good friend on the opposite aspect of the border,” said Alam, who would stay with Bedi whenever he visited Delhi and the Indian would do likewise whenever he was in Lahore.
Following a surgery in March 2021 to remove blood clot in his brain, Bedi could not be his usual self and even in his meeting with Alam in Kartarpur, the latter did most of the talking and also sang their “crew track” ‘Louise Armstrong’s When the Saints Go Marching In’.
“Kartarpur was the final time we met. We bought so emotional that we cried speaking concerning the previous instances. Of late, we couldn’t discuss over telephone (on account of Bedis’ well being), however my spouse was in common contact with Bishan’s spouse. They each additionally grew to become the most effective of buddies due to our friendship,” said Alam.
Alam also fondly remembered their first meeting at The Oval in London, where India faced Surrey.
“I hit him for a couple of sixes and he got here as much as me stated ‘there are others within the crew as effectively. Why are you solely coming after me?’. We linked from that second on,” said Alam, who also spent a lot of time with Bedi during their days in county cricket.
However, Alam’s best memories of the Indian wizard are from the long tour of Australia in 1971-1972. The great Sunil Gavaskar and Farokh Engineer also played for the World XI.
“Har roz shaam ko dinner saath mein karte there. We used to eat collectively and we used to sing collectively. Since gamers with a number of personalities have been a part of the crew, we used to sing as a crew bonding train. When the Saints Go Marching In was our track.
“There were times he used to cook also. I remember him and I cooking for 70-80 people for Rohan Kanhai’s birthday. Memories for lifetime,” stated Alam.
Gavaskar is one other shut good friend of Alam’s on the opposite aspect of the border.
“Mere dono ke saath hi badi dosti thee (Both were good fiends of mine). Can’t believe Bishan is no more.”
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