Yashpal Sharma, India’s 1983 World Cup winner, passed away on Tuesday after having a heart attack. He was renowned as a fearless middle-order batsman at the apex of his skills. He was 66 years old and leaves behind a wife, a son, and two daughters.


1983 World Cup Winner Yashpal Sharma | Image Credit: Shovon

“Yashpal is no longer among us. We only recently heard of his death from his family”

Yashpal’s former teammate verified the news.

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Yashpal fell at the house after returning from his morning walk as per sources. Yashpal scored 1,606 runs in 37 Tests and 883 runs in 42 ODIs during his international career.


Cricketer Yashpal Sharma | Image Credit: Shikhar Dhawan

Dilip Vengsarkar, a former Indian team captain, displayed his grief at his teammate’s death, said-

“He had a team spirit and he plays like a warrior. The 1979 Test against Pakistan in Delhi is one of my favourite memories. We had a partnership that empowered us to save the match. I’ve known him since I was in university. I still can’t actually believe what I’m hearing.”

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He was acknowledged for his aggression, and his shot half-century against England in the 1983 World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford will dwell on in the minds of cricket fans forever. In the early 2000s, he was a national selector. Yashpal managed to play 160 Ranji Trophy matches for three teams, Punjab, Haryana, and Railways totaling 8,933 runs, comprising 21 centuries and a top score of 201 not out.


Yashpal Sharma at the time of 1983 World Cup | Image Credit: ICC

One of the teammates and former cricketer Kirti Azad said-

“He stated to me that I had lost some weight on the day we met. We had a fantastic time reuniting. I actually remember playing the powerful West Indies with those fast bowlers in the opening game of the 1983 World Cup, and he set the stage, and we won that match “

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Kirti also insisted that he will never forget the way Yashpal flicked Bob Willis for a six in the match and top-scored in the win against the hosts.

He was also an umpire, having served in a few of women’s One-Day Internationals.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who condoled his demise

President Ram Nath Kovind mourned the loss of the former cricketer as he tweeted