Very bad news came out for Indian cricket on Tuesday. Former veteran cricketer Yashpal Sharma, who was part of the 1983 World Cup winning team, passed away. Yashpal Sharma breathed his last at the age of 66. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has condoled the death of Yashpal Sharma.
Yashpal Sharma played 37 Tests and 42 ODIs for India. Yashpal Sharma scored 2,489 runs in international cricket and also had 2 centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name. Yashpal Sharma was a key member of India’s 1983 World Cup winning team. A prolific fielder and a formidable right-handed batsman, Sharma was India’s second highest run-scorer in the tournament, scoring 240 runs, including two half-centuries.
His 89 runs in India’s opening match against West Indies in 1983 World Cup and 61 in the semi-final against England are especially remembered. He played 160 first-class matches and scored 8933 runs in List A cricket apart from 1859 runs. He also served as a national selector from 2004 to 2005 and later from 2008 to 2011.
BCCI pays tribute
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Yashpal Sharma. We have lost a cricketing hero of ours. He was a valuable middle order batsman, a fast fielder and a friendly person off the field. Indian Cricket His contribution will always be remembered. I extend my condolences to his family in this hour of grief.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said, “Yashpal Sharma will be remembered by all for his batting in India’s 1983 World Cup winning campaign. Apart from being one of the key players of that historic win, he also had a stellar cricket career. And he will be remembered as a great servant of Indian cricket. The Board shares the pain and sorrow of the family and prays for the departed soul.”
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