"It's high time that he (Tendulkar) get back to runs to get people's respect," said the left-arm spinner. Bedi, who is regarded as one of the finest spinners also said that getting 10 wickets in a Test match is like scoring hundred in each innings.
"Even a player of Tendulkar's calibre has not done it, so it's an enormous achievement," Bedi said recalling his only 10-wicket haul against Australia in Perth. The 66-year-old also had a few words of praise for former India captain Sourav Ganguly and said that the Bengal cricketer has contributed enormously to the rise of Indian cricket.
"These days, we are reading so much about Mahendra Singh Dhoni but the seeds of present day cricket were sown by Sourav Ganguly. He contributed enormously to Indian cricket. It has just been taken forward by Dhoni in a calm manner. Calmness is Dhoni's greatest quality. Indian cricket always had ups and downs but now, it seems reasonably stable," he said.
Comparing Ganguly with late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Bedi said, "I honestly feel that Tiger Pataudi was the greatest thing to have ever happened to Indian cricket. He brought the sense of ‘Indianness’ to the dressing room. Winning as a habit was cultivated by Tiger Pataudi."
"We have seen the result in the form of Ajit Wadekar’s team winning three match series in 1971. With due respect to Wadekar, I am saying that the seeds were sown by Pataudi," he added.


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