Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma has died of massive cardiac arrest on Tuesday at the age of 66. The former Indian batsman reportedly died of cardiac arrest at 7:40 am. He is survived by his wife Renu Sharma, two daughters Puja, Preeti and son Chirag Sharma.
“भारतीय क्रिकेट के मजबूत स्तम्भ रहे यशपाल शर्मा जी के आकस्मिक निधन से मन बहुत दुखी है। क्रिकेट में हमारी उनके साथ एक लंबी ऐसोसिएशन रही है। क्रिकेट में उनके योगदान को भुलाया नही जा सकता। 83 विश्व कप की ऐतिहासिक जीत में उल्लेखनीय भूमिका के साथ नेशनल सलेक्टर, दिल्ली सीनियर क्रिकेट सलेक्शन चेयर मैन, दिल्ली क्रिकेट एडवाइजरी कमेटी चेयरमेन व डीडीसीए के सदस्य रहे यशपाल शर्मा जी को हमारी हार्दिक श्रद्धांजलि !” said former BCCI president C K Khanna and DDCA Treasurer Shashi Khanna in a statement.
In a glittering cricket career, spanning over the late 70’s and the 80’s, the 66-year-old former Punjab cricketer, who was born in Ludhiana on August 11, 1954, was regarded as a gifted middle-order batsman. He played a pivotal role in India’s 1983 World Cup winning team with a memorable 89-run match-winning knock that handed the great West Indies team their first defeat at the biggest stage. Yashpal wasn’t done there as in the semifinal against England he again top scored with 61.
Yashpal’s character will be portrayed by Sacred Games-famed actor Jatin Sharma in upcoming movie ’83, which plays tribute to the 1983-winning World Cup team.