India's 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma dies of cardiac arrest

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13 Jul 2021 | 06:08 AM staff

India's 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma dies of cardiac arrest

Sharma later worked as the national selector during the early part of 2000

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.

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.

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