India's 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma died on Tuesday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest here. He was 66 and is 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.
just a few days back, yashpal sharma posted this clip from the 1983 world cup. the two sixes he hit in the semifinal, where he top scored in india's famous win over england....thanks for the memories sir, RIP! https://t.co/JCdj4KXquv— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) July 13, 2021
Oh dear, so sorry to hear of the death of Yashpal Sharma who played such a big part in one of Indian cricket's most glorious hours #WorldCup1983. Too early to go. Condolences to his family.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 13, 2021
Heartbreaking to learn about the passing away of 1983 World Cup winner #YashpalSharma .— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) July 13, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Pray that his soul attain Sadgati. Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/Cz0URjCTjY
We've lost Yashpal Sharma from our fabled 1983 team. A lion hearted cricketer, his 89 in that first match against the West Indies set the tone for the tournament. And his 61 against England in the semis was vital.— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) July 13, 2021
In his international career, Yashpal played 37 Tests, scoring 1606 runs, and 42 ODIs in which he scored 883. He was known for his gutsy attitude and his stroke-filled half-century in the semifinal against England in the 1983 campaign at Old Trafford will forever be etched in the public memory.
In domestic cricket, he was a true behemoth and his 173 for North Zone against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy in 1977-78 made him the front-runner for the national side. He accumulated enough success and became a regular member of the team during the series against Australia and Pakistan in 1979-80.
Sharma later worked as the national selector during the early part of 2000.