In what comes as a shock to the cricket fraternity, former cricketer and member of the 1983 World Cup winning team Yashpal Sharma passed away due to cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning at the age of 66.
Yashpal was India’s second highest run scorer in the 1983 triumph with an aggregate of 240 runs from eight innings at an average of 34.28. It was because of Yashpal’s patient knock of 61 off 115 deliveries that India managed to chase a tricky 214 against England in the 1983 World Cup semifinal. Yashpal curbed his natural instinct and kept the likes of Willis and Botham at bay.
He put together a match winning 92 run partnership with Mohinder Amarnath and then sealed the game with another 63 run stand with Sandeep Patil. In the previous game against Australia, a virtual knock out, Yashpal had made a vital run a ball 40. He had also stroked a brilliant 89 in India’s tournament opener against West Indies.
Speaking about Yashpal’s overall stats, Sharma amassed 1606 runs and 883 runs in 37 Tests and 42 ODIs respectively. He also scored two brilliant centuries for India. In 2003, Yashpal was elected as the national selector by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and he held that position till 2006. Later he again became the national selector in 2008. He also served as the coach of UP Ranji team.
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