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Angad Bedi Replies To Gautam Gambhir Including Him In World XI
By CricShots - Dec 28, 2019 6:05 pm
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The year is about to end and most of the cricketing fraternity is busy in making the best possible playing XI of the past twelve months. Joining the bandwagon, former Indian opener and two-time World Champion Gautam Gambhir named his World XI on Twitter recently.

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While the list had usual suspects in the form of India’s captain and champion batsman Virat Kohli, the best all-rounder of the year 2019 Ben Stokes among many other cricketers. However, what surprised everyone was when they stumbled on the name- Arvind Vashisht, which is the name of the character played by Angad Bedi in the web series called ‘Inside Edge’.

Seeing Arvind Vashisht’s name in the World XI team raised a lot of eyebrows considering the controversial relationship that Gambhir had had in the past with Angad Bedi’s father and legendary Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi.

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In August, when Navdeep Saini was selected in the national squad, Gambhir took a dig at the former captain-Bedi- who, according to the former Indian opener, didn’t want Saini to play for Delhi since he was an ‘outsider’. Gambhir had even accused Bedi of nepotism.

Angad Bedi had been silent since then, decided to speak his mind after seeing his character’s name in the World XI list, and lambasted Gambhir for his ‘hypocrisy’. Bedi said, “I didn’t say anything back then because I didn’t want to add fuel to fire. But now, he mentions Arvind Vashishth in the World XI, when he didn’t think Angad Bedi was deserving of playing Under-16 cricket.”

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Angad, who has played for the Delhi Under-16 and Under-19 teams said, “I don’t know if he realizes that Angad and Arvind are the same people. If he feels I am talented enough [to make it to his list], I am grateful. I thank him for changing his mind.”

Bedi also termed Gambhir’s tweets for father as ‘distasteful’. He added, “I value my father’s contribution to Indian cricket. He was captain for four years [1975-76 and 1978-79] and has led his life with integrity. When we were growing up, our coaches taught us that we don’t need to [necessarily] agree with our seniors, but we don’t need to disrespect them either.”