Yashpal Sharma one of India’s heroes in 1983 World cup passes away
Sad news for Indian cricket.
India’s former middle-order batsman and one of the successes in the 1983 world cup Yashpal Sharma passed away due to cardiac arrest on 13 July 2021.
Yashpal was always known as a very gritty batsman who rarely gifted away his wicket cheaply. He made his test debut in 1979 and represented the country for 5 years.
Yashpal’s finest career moment came in the 1983 World cup. In the very first group game, India surprised West Indies in beating them by 30 odd runs and the man of the match was Yashpal Sharma who scored a resilient 89 runs which helped India to get a challenging score of 262 which West Indies failed to achieve.
Then in the final group match vs Australia which was a low scoring one , Yashpal scored 40 (highest in the innings) which helped India to win a virtual knock out game for the semis .
Later in the semis, Yashpal hit a belligerent 61 to help India to a brilliant 6 wicket win over England. Create history by reaching the finals. Yashpal Sharma one of India’s heroes in 1983 World cup passes away.
Yashpal was out cheaply in the final but had the great pleasure to see India. Create history by winning the 1983 World cup which drove cricket to new heights in India.
Yashpal (240 runs at 34 average) ended as the second-highest run-getter in the 1983 world cup for India after Kapil Dev.
Sharma played in 37 Tests, scored 1606 runs with two centuries and nine half-centuries. At an average of 33.45 with a top score of 140. In 42 ODIs, he scored 883 runs with four half-centuries.
In Ranji Trophy, where he represented three teams – Punjab, Haryana and Railways. Yashpal played 160 matches totalling 8,933 runs which included 21 centuries with a highest score of an unbeaten 201.
Yashpal was also a very good fielder in the outfield.
Yashpal Sharma is also the uncle of the current chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma.
The news of his death is a big blow for Indian cricket. The country lost one of it’s most gritty cricketers who used to fight every inch on the field.