Former Indian cricketer, Yashpal who won the 1983 World Cup had suffered from a ‘Heart Stroke’ on Tuesday morning. Yashpal Sharma was a key figure in India’s 1983 World Cup victory. He scored 240 runs at 34.28 avg. in the cup, including a match-winning 60 against England in the semi-finals. let’s look at How Yashpal Sharma Died.
How Yashpal Sharma Died
His wife, two children, and a son survive him at the age of 66. Former Punjab cricketer was considered a talented middle-order batsman. Yashpal played 37 Tests for India, scoring 1606 runs with 2-centuries and 9-fifties throughout his career, which spanned 1979 to 1983. In 1979, Yashpal made his debut against England, giving the Indian middle order more depth.
In 1972, Yashpal made his name when he scored 260 points for Punjab schools versus Jammu and Kashmir schools. In 2 years, he was on the state squad and a part of the Vizzy Trophy-winning North Zone team. His first significant first-class innings came against the South Zone in the Duleep Trophy when he scored 173 against Chandrasekhar, Venkataraghavan and Erapalli Prasanna.
Very sad news of the untimely demise of Yashpal Sharma paaji. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his family and loved ones 🙏🏻 #YashpalSharma
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 13, 2021
Dilip Vengsarkar (Ex- India Captain) was shocked at his teammate’s death. The 1983 team had gotten together on the sidelines of a book launch a few weeks ago.
“It is unbelievable. He was the fittest among all of us. I had asked him that day when we met how about his routine. He was a vegetarian, teetotaller, used to have soup for his dinner and very particular about his morning walks. I am just shocked,” Vengsarkar told PTI.
“As a player, he was a proper team man and a fighter. I fondly remember the 1979 Test against Pakistan in Delhi. We both had a partnership that helped us save the game. I knew him since my university days. Still can’t believe it,” he added.
Yashpal played 160 Ranji Trophy matches for 3-teams, Punjab, Haryana, and Railways, scoring 8,933 runs, including 21 centuries and the best score of 201 not out.
“He told me that day we met that I had lost weight. We had a great reunion. I remember the very first game in the 1983 World Cup playing the mighty West Indies with those fast bowlers, he set the agenda and we won that game,” said former teammate Kirti Azad.
“He was again fantastic in the semifinal hitting Bob Willis for a six. Nowadays people say (Ravindra) Jadeja hits stumps regularly but so did Yashpal. He was a livewire on the field and would hit stumps all the time,” he recalled.