Former Indian middle-order batsman Yashpal Sharma passed away on Tuesday due to a heart attack.
New Delhi. Former Indian middle-order batsman Yashpal Sharma died on Tuesday due to a heart attack. Family sources informed about his death (Yashpal Sharma Death). Yashpal Sharma was a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team led by Kapil Dev. He has represented India in 42 ODIs and 37 Tests. He was an important part of the Indian middle-order from 1979-83. He also served as the national selector for a few years and was re-appointed to the panel in 2008.
Yashpal Sharma was 66 years old. Yashpal Sharma was the second-highest run-scorer for India in the 1983 World Cup. He scored 1606 runs in 37 Test matches at an average of 33.45 and 883 runs in 42 ODIs at an average of 28.48.
Yashpal Sharma had technical limitations, but that lack did not come in front of his courage, concentration, determination and patience, qualities. He played for the Indian middle-order from 1979 to 1983. Yashpal Sharma’s batting team came in handy during difficult times. The score of 173 for North Zone against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy in 1977–78 brought him closer to national recognition. He toured Pakistan in the next season, but could not make it to the Test team. On the tour of England in 1979, he played brilliantly and scored 884 runs at an average of 58.93. He played three out of four Tests during this period. He became a regular member of the team during the 1979–80 series against Australia and Pakistan. He made valuable contributions to the series, including his maiden Test century against Australia in Delhi.
However, he lost his place the following season after indifferent performances in Australia and New Zealand. He then bounced back against England in 1981-82 and scored 140 runs in Madras. He also shared a record partnership of 316 runs with GR Vishwanath during this period. Both these players kept batting full time on the second day of the match. Yashpal remained a regular member of the team on a tour of England in 1982 and a tour of Pakistan and West Indies in 1982–83. He has always been a difficult batsman for the bowlers.
After his stellar performance in the 1983 World Cup, however, he suddenly lost form during the 1983–84 season against Pakistan and the West Indies. After this, he lost his place in the Test team, which he could not regain. After that, he played some ODI matches.
Yashpal Sharma, India’s second-highest run-getter at the 1983 World Cup, has passed away at the age of 66.
He played 37 Tests and 42 ODIs for India.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/MLZ3Nm5vcg
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) July 13, 2021
Apart from international cricket, Yashpal Sharma scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket as well. He scored 8933 runs in 160 first-class matches at an average of 44.88. At the same time, he scored 1859 runs in 74 List A matches at an average of 34.42.