Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma, a member of the Kapil Dev-led World Cup-winning team in 1983, has passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was 66 years old.
He donned the India cap in 37 ODIs and 42 Tests and was a crucial part of the middle-order from 1979-83.
He also served as a national selector for a couple of years and was reappointed to the panel in 2008.
The former Punjab cricketer made his Test debut in 1979 against England.
Yashpal scored 1606 runs with two centuries and nine fifties to his name at an average of over 33.
The 1983 WC winner Yashpal Sharma sir was a bundle of energy. It’s heartbreaking to learn that he is no more. Rest in peace, sir. My thoughts and prayers with his family #YashpalSharma pic.twitter.com/sPNeqtvBOm— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) July 13, 2021
Born on August 11, 1954, the 66-year-old Yashpal Sharma was regarded as one of the most gifted middle-order batter during his era.
The veteran cricketer from Ludhiana made his international debut against England in 1979 and he went on to represent his country in 37 Tests, scoring 1606 runs at an average of just over 33 with nine fifties and a couple of hundreds.
As far as domestic cricket is concerned, Yashpal Sharma scored 8933 FC runs in 193 matches which includes 21 centuries and the highest score of 201*.
Sharma, who was involved in various administrative roles with the BCCI, Punjab and Haryana Cricket Associations post his retirement, was also a popular face on new channels where he used to give his valuable insights on the game.