Former Indian Team player Yashpal Sharma, who was a part of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, passed away aged 66 due to cardiac arrest on Tuesday.
“Yes, Yashpal is no more with us. We just received the information from his family,” a former India teammate of Yashpal confirmed to PTI.
He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son. According to reports, he collapsed in his house after returning from a morning walk.
A robust middle-order batsman, Yashpal Sharma Yashpal played 37 Tests and 42 ODIs between 1978 and 1985, scoring 1606 runs and 883 runs in the games, respectively. In India’s historic World Cup win in 1983, he emerged as the second-highest run-scorer, scoring two half-centuries. He scored 89 in India’s win over West Indies in the group stage, and 61 in the semi-final against England.
He had a fantastic record in first-class cricket. Born in Ludhiana, Sharma had represented three teams — Punjab, Haryana and Railways. Sharma played 160 matches, scoring 8933 runs, with 21 centuries and 46 half-centuries.
Post his retirement, he has done several works. He was also a national selector during the early 2000s, between 2004 to 2005, and later from 2008 to 2011. He was on the committee that selected players for the 2011 World Cup. The ex-cricketer had also served as an umpire in a couple of women’s ODIs. He was also a coach of the Uttar Pradesh Ranji team. Furthermore, he was also part of Delhi’s Cricket Advisory Committee.
“It is unbelievable. He was the fittest among all of us. I had asked him that day when we met how about his routine. He was a vegetarian, teetotaller, used to have soup for his dinner and very particular about his morning walks. I am just shocked,” former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar said expressing his shock and dismay on the news.
“As a player, he was a proper team man and a fighter. I fondly remember the 1979 Test against Pakistan in Delhi. We both had a partnership that helped us save the game. I knew him since my university days. Still can’t believe it,” he added.