Yashpal Sharma
Yashpal Sharma [Image-Google]

On a day when Indian cricket is celebrating the 19th anniversary of the NatWest Trophy triumph, it lost one of its 1983 World Cup heroes as former cricketer Yashpal Sharma passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning.

Born on August 11, 1954, the 66-year-old Yashpal Sharma will always be remembered as a gutsy and flamboyant cricketer and someone who played an extremely crucial role in the historic 1983 World Cup triumph.

Sharma made his Test debut against England in 1979 after having scored truckloads in domestic cricket. He smashed 884 runs at an average of 58.93 in three of the four Tests he played in that series.

The right-handed middle-order batsman went on to feature in 37 Test matches in which he scored 1606 runs at an average of just over 33 with nine fifties and a couple of hundreds.

But it was his exploits in the 1983 World Cup that Yashpal Sharma will be forever remembered for.

The right-hander played a substantial role in India’s victories over the West Indies in the league stage and then against England in the semi-final.

Yashpal Sharma
Yashpal Sharma passes away due to cardiac arrest [Image-Google]
While he scored 89 in the game against the mighty West Indies, he top-scored with a 115-ball 61 in the semi-final which also included a couple of audacious sixes; ones that a vintage Indian cricket fan will never forget.

As far as his exploits in domestic cricket are concerned, Sharma racked up as many as 8933 runs in 193 FC matches at an average of 44.88 including 46 fifties and 21 tons and the highest score of 201*.

Sharma continued to pursue administrative roles with the BCCI, Punjab, and Haryana state Associations after his playing career got over. He was also a regular figure on new channels as a cricket analyst.

Needless to say, there has been an outpouring of emotions on Twitter following the sudden demise of Yashpal Sharma.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Yashpal Sharma’s demise-

https://twitter.com/SunilJoshi_Spin/status/1414841482700230680

https://twitter.com/CricCrazySubs/status/1414837283090436102

Yash Mittal

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