Former Indian batsman Yashpal Sharma – a member of the World Cup-winning team (1983), died on Tuesday due to a cardiac arrest. He was 66 and is survived by his two daughters, wife, and son. Yashpal Sharma was known for his gutsy attitude and his stroke-filled half-century in the semifinal against England in the 1983 World Cup at Old Trafford.
Notably, he was India’s top-scorer in the World Cup 1983 semi-final against England. He scored 61 runs and contributed to a match-winning 92-run partnership with Mohinder Amarnath for the third wicket.
Yashpal represented India in 37 ODIs and 42 Tests from 1979-83. Apart from this, he also served as a national selector for a couple of years and was reappointed to the panel in 2008.
He made his ODI debut earlier in 1978 against Pakistan while amassing 883 runs at an average of 28.48. If we talk about Yashpal Sharma’s Ranji career, he represented three teams including Haryana and Railways, where he played 160 matches and scored 8, 933 runs including 21 centuries with the highest score of 201*.
Madan Lal said, “Can’t believe that he is no more. I have a lot of memories of him. We started from Punjab, played the world cup with him. Just now Kapil called. Everyone is shocked now. His cricket career is the best. We met at a book launch recently. I can’t believe it. He is survived by his wife and 3 children. His son is in London for his studies. Close relatives are in Ludhiana.”