Former Indian middle-order batsman Yashpal Sharma, who was also a member of the Kapil Dev-led World Cup-winning team, passed away on Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 66 years old. In the 1983 World Cup, he was the top-scorer for India in the semi-final against England where he scored 61 runs and was involved in a match-winning 92-run stand with Mohinder Amarnath for the third wicket followed by another 63-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Sandeep Patil.
Yashpal had got India off to a brilliant start in the 1983 World Cup as he scored a match-winning 89 against the West Indies in what was India’s first match of the showpiece event.As wickets kept tumbling from the other end, he ensured India reached a respectable total of 262 runs.
In reply, the Windies were bowled out for 228 runs. Yashpal was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant knock against the two-time world champions.In his Test career, he scored 1606 runs at 33.45 which included 2 centuries and nine half-centuries.In ODIs, he scored 883 runs at 28.48 which included four half-centuries. He also had one wicket each in the two formats to his name.In his first-class career that spanned nearly two decades, Sharma scored 8933 runs, with 21 centuries and 46 half-centuries.
Sharma was born in Ludhiana and represented Punjab, Haryana and Railways in the domestic circuit.Post-retirement, he remained actively involved in coaching, commentary and cricket administration.He served as a national selector across two stints, first from 2004 to 2005, and later from 2008 to 2011.He was part of the committee that picked India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad.President Ram Nath Kovind offered his condolences on the demise of cricketer Yashpal Sharma. He tweeted: Sad to hear about the demise of cricketer Yashpal Sharma.His remarkable performances during the key matches in 1983 cricket World-Cup played a crucial role in one of India’s greatest triumphs in cricketing history.