Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winning team member Yashpal Sharma has passed away.
The explosive middle-order batsman of his times, breathed his last on Tuesday morning, after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest.
Yashpal Sharma was 66 years old at the time of his demise.
Yashpal Sharma is survived by his wife and two daughters.
He played a pivotal role in India becoming world champions. He scored 240 runs at an average of 34.28 in the tournament.
His gutsy-knock of 61 against England in the semi-finals of the 1983 World Cup was one of his finest.
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) July 13, 2021
After he retired from the game, he became an umpire for a time, and has also been a selector for the Indian national team.
He was India’s national cricket selector from 2003 to 2006. During this tumultuous period of Indian cricket, he supported Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly over the coach Greg Chappell and was also ousted from selection committee in 2005.
Sharma again became selector for national team in 2008. He later served as the coach for Uttar Pradesh Ranji Team.
Meanwhile, the cricketing fraternity mourned the sudden demise of Yashpal Sharma.
Sad to hear the demise of my former team mate and friend #YashpalSharma! He was one of the main heroes who helped us lifting the 1983 world cup! May his soul rest in peace ?!
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) July 13, 2021
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 13, 2021
Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered.
My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family. pic.twitter.com/WBQ6ng2x8I
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 13, 2021
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 13, 2021
— Punam Raut (@raut_punam) July 13, 2021