Former India batsman & member of the 1983 World Cup Winning team Yashpal Sharma passed away on Tuesday at the age of 66. He died after suffering a cardiac arrest. Yashpal was survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son. “Yes, Yashpal is no more with us. We just received the information from his family,” a former India teammate of Yashpal confirmed to PTI.
Let’s have a glimpse of Yashpal’s achievements in his celebrated cricketing career:
Yashpal Sharma represented India in 37 tests & 42 ODIs from the year 1978 to 1985. He was an astounding middle-order batsman who made his debut for India in the year 1978 in an ODI against Pakistan. The following year he made his test debut at Lord’s against England & played three test matches out of four tests in the series. He registered his maiden test century in Delhi later that year against Australia, followed by a knock of 85* in the second innings of the next test played in Kolkata. Then Yaspal scored 140 runs against England in Chennai by stitching a record-breaking 316 runs stand with GR Viswanath.
Yashpal was a prolific batsman who played a crucial role in India’s 1983 world cup win. He laid the basis of India’s World cup win by scoring 89 runs against two-times defending champions West Indies in India’s tournament opener match at Old Trafford. In World Cup Semi-final in Manchester, he top-scored by registering 61 runs against England to lend India into the final of the 1983 World Cup.
During his illustrious career span, Yashpal smashed 2489 International runs & 8933 first-class runs at an average of 44.88 including 21 centuries. He represented Punjab, Haryana, and Railways in domestic cricket. After retirement, Yashpal served as a national selector in the Indian cricket team.