Yashpal Sharma Dies Of Cardiac Arrest, Tributes Pour In On Social Media | Cricket News


The Indian cricket fraternity on Tuesday mourned 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma. The former middle-order batsman died of a cardiac arrest in New Delhi. Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Jay Shah, Yuvraj Singh, Anurag Thakur, Venkatesh Prasad and many others paid tribute to the former India cricketer on social media. Yashpal Sharma, 66, is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. Yashpal’s gutsy attitude against the fiercest of oppositions made endeared him to his teammates and made him a key asset for the Indian team.

Yashpal’s former team-mate Kris Srikkanth wrote ,”Sad to hear the demise of my former teammate and friend #YashpalSharma! He was one of the main heroes who helped us lifting the 1983 world cup! May his soul rest in peace.”

Sachin Tendulkar said he was “shocked and pained” by the news.

“Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered. My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family,” wrote Tendulkar.

“Shocked and pained to learn about the sudden demise of Shri Yashpal Sharma. He will always be remembered for his knock of 89 runs against West Indies, which provided impetus to India’s world cup journey in 1983 and his overall contribution for #TeamIndia,” wrote BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

Others too took to social media to pay their tribute to Yashpal Sharma.

Yashpal played 37 Tests for Team India during his career, where he scored 1,606 runs at an average of 33.46.

He also represented India in 42 ODIs, scoring 883 runs at 28.48. He registered two international centuries.


Yashpal’s most memorable innings came during the victorious 1983 World Cup campaign. In the opening game itself he bagged the player-of-the-match against the West Indies for his terrific knock of 89.

He also played a key role in India’s six-wicket win in the semi-finals against England, scoring 61 runs.

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