Indian Spin Quartet

In Cricket, Indian Spin Quartet is a name given to 4 famous spin bowlers between 1960 to 1970. The Indian Spin Quartet was primarily composed of leg spinner named Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi, and off-spinners Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Erapalli Prasanna. During their time, they were known to create the deadliest bowling technique, no wonder they were recognized worldwide for it.

The Humble Beginnings of the Indian Spin Quartet

It was in the 1960s when India has a risen interest over cricket despite being beaten consecutively in the preceding years. The former team captain of the Indian Cricket Team named Nawab Pataudi thought that India’s cricket team would rise to glory if more top-quality spinners are able to play with a reward of higher compensation. The first spinner to join was Bhagwat when he formed a name for himself after his solid performances against the West Indies and Australia. The next spinners who joined were Prasanna, Venkatarghavan, and Bedi.

The Contribution of the Indian Spin Quartet

Over the years, the Indian Spin Quartet created a massive success all over the country and one of the best matches they’ve had was against the New Zealand Cricket team in 1967. Because of their major success against international cricket competition, they fought hard and were included in the 1975 and 1979 World Cup. Their success was mostly attributed due to their bowling styles and attacks that swiftly moved differently.

Statistics of the Indian Spin Quartet’s Performance

The international Indian Spin Quartet played a total of 231 Tests for their country for 2 decades. They have grabbed a total of 853 wickets, with their success relied on their different styles in bowling. Bedi was undoubtedly an excellent, orthodox left-arm spinner, while Chandrasekhar is great in attacking leg-break bowler. The other 2 members were also great off-spinners.

Trivia about the Indian Spin Quartet

Interestingly, the quartet had only appeared once together during the 3rd Test at Birmingham where they grabbed 19 wickets in 1967. Even if it happened only once, yet the memory they gave to cricket players were incredible. The response between viewers can even excite modern fans because of the techniques they showcased during the match.

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