New Delhi: The legendary former India left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi's hatred towards suspicious bowling actions is not a secret in the cricketing world, which he once again made public last Friday when he tweeted that he counted as many as 15 bowlers chucking during the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 held in Sri Lanka.
While giving a clean chit to Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, Bedi once again took a jibe at Test cricket's highest wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan and former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar in his no-holds-barred tweet.
"Malinga is slinger not 'chucker'-nevermind Murali & Akhtar,there are still plenty of their ilk around-counted 15 in T20 WC!!" he tweeted on Friday.
"Nevermind Murali & Akhtar, there are still plenty of their ilk around-counted 15 in T20 WC!!" tweeted Bishan Singh Bedi.
Bedi, who is known for his uninhibited comments, created a furore when he called Muralitharan's 800 Test wickets as 800 "run-outs". This after calling the Sri Lankan a "javelin-thrower". It invited a scathing reaction from the Sri Lankan legend who called Bedi an "ordinary spinner" and his achievements "average".
"He should think about himself first rather than talking about other people," Muralitharan had said. "He did not have any variation. He just bowled left-arm spin and pitch did the variation for him. That is what he bowled."
Bedi is also very critical of the current Indian Test spinner Pragyan Ojha, calling his action "suspect" at the Cricket Association of Bengal's (CAB) Annual Awards ceremony in July earlier this year. "I'm not a great fan of Ojha...that's because of his suspect action. That's how bluntly I can put it," he said.