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1983 World Cup winning team member Yashpal Sharma dies of cardiac arrest

Yashpal Sharma. Photo: @VVSLaxman281/Twitter

New Delhi, July 13 (MNN) Former India cricketer Yashpal Sharma — India’s second-highest run-getter at the 1983 World Cup that Team India finally won — passed away here due to a cardiac arrest. He was 66.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Sharma was declared Player of the Match when India beat West Indies in the 1st match of the 1983 World Cup as he scored 89 in that game. He also hit 61 in the semi-finals against England.

A middle-order batsman, Sharma played 37 Tests and scored 1,606 runs, and 42 ODIs and scored 883 runs between 1978 and 1985.

Sharma scored 2,489 runs in 79 Internationals, including a match-winning 61 in the 1983 World Cup semi-finals at Old Trafford.

In his first-class career, the Ludhiana-born cricketer scored 8,933 runs, with 21 centuries and 46 half-centuries.

In Ranji Trophy, where he represented three teams — Punjab, Haryana and Railways — Yashpal played 160 matches and scored 8,933 runs, which included 21 centuries with a highest score of 201 not out.

After retirement, he remained actively involved in coaching, commentary and cricket administration.

From 2004 to 2005 he served as a national selector across two stints and later from 2008 to 2011. As an umpire and match referee, he also officiated in a number of domestic matches.

Most recently, he was part of Delhi’s Cricket Advisory Committee.

A slew of prominent persons and sports personalities expressed grief over the demise of the former cricketer.

“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. My deepest condolences to his family, followers and team members,” President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted.

“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,” cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said in message.

“Saddened by the passing away of ace cricketer and 1983 World Cup winning member Yashpal Sharma. He had an illustrious career and was India’s second-highest run-getter at the 1983 World Cup. He was also an umpire and national selector. His contribution won’t be forgotten,” Indian Sports Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted.

“Former batsman Shri Yashpal Sharma Ji’s spectacular performance in the 1983 World Cup is a memory etched on the hearts of many cricket lovers, including me. My heartfelt condolences to his family, loved ones and admirers,” Indian Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted.

“So sorry to hear about Yashpal Sharma Paaji ‘s passing away, one of the heroes of our 1983 WC win. Heartfelt condolences. Om Shanti,” former cricketer Virender Sehwag tweeted.

“Very sad news of the untimely demise of Yashpal Sharma paaji. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his family and loved ones,” tweeted former cricketer Yuvraj Singh.

“Shocked to hear about the passing away of a World Cup winner, Yashpal Sharma ji! He served as an Indian selector too. Condolences to his family,” former India pacer Irfan Pathan tweeted.

“Heartbreaking to learn about the passing away of 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Pray that his soul attain sadgati. Om Shanti,” former India bowler Venkatesh Prasad said.

“Oh dear, so sorry to hear of the death of Yashpal Sharma who played such a big part in one of Indian cricket’s most glorious hours at World Cup1983. Too early to go. Condolences to his family,” cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted.

“Sad to hear of the demise of cricketer Yashpal Sharma ji. Condolences to his family and loved ones. Prayers for the departed soul, Om Shanti,” tweeted Congress leader Naveen Jindal.

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