He was the original rebel, the one who led possibly the country’s first player rebellion.
A lot of time may have passed since Bishan Singh Bedi decided to rally his 1978-79 Ranji Trophy-winning squad to topple the then Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) administration, but the fire still burns in his belly.
Turning the clock back 30 years, Bedi recalled the time he was a catalyst in ushering in change. “We had had enough of the sports secretary and his arbitrary ways,” said Bedi. “We decided to take matters into our own hands and did not relent till we had got rid of him.”
Ask him what he thinks of Sehwag’s attack on the way things are run in the DDCA, and Bedi, as usual, did not hesitate to call a spade a spade: “I completely understand where he is coming from. Things have always been a mess in the DDCA and it was about time someone spoke out.
“Viru is fighting for every player in the Capital. He is letting the administrators fire from his shoulders — he is telling them to go ahead and use his outburst to clean the DDCA up.”
Bedi agreed that the bone of contention for Delhi players is the sports committee. “How has the sports committee been given so much power? They were authorised to look after the league, not control everything in the Association.
“I don’t think Viru has made his mind up about going to Haryana - he wants a change in the DDCA and has made his mind up to fight.”
Calling it the DDCA’s ‘final shot’ at cleaning its house up, Bedi said: “If they do not do anything now, they never will. Get rid of the sports committee if you want your stars to stay.”