Former Indian cricketer, played in 1983 World cup winning team, passes away at 66!

Former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma has passed away on Tuesday in Delhi at the age of 66 due to cardiac arrest. Sharma was part of Kapil Dev-led Indian team in the 1983 Cricket World Cup tournament and he played an important role in the team that successfully lifted its first Cricket World Cup. Sharma's cricketing career will be etched in the history of Indian cricket and would always be career guidance for future cricketers. 

Sharma was battling his illness for some time and he breathed his last on Tuesday. A former Indian teammate of Sharma has confirmed the demise of PTI. He said, "Yes, Yashpal is no more with us. We just received the information from his family." According to reports, Sharma has died of cardiac arrest at 7.40 am on Tuesday and he was surviving by his wife Renu Sharma, two daughters Puja, Preeti, and son Chirag Sharma. Yashpal Sharma was born in Ludhiana on August 11, 1954, and he has become one of the notable middle-order batsmen of Indian cricket. 

Sharma has an outstanding career in cricket and in his international career, Sharma has played 37 tests and scored 1,606 runs. He also had played 42 ODIs in which he scored 883 runs. Sharma was prominently known for his gusty attitude and his half-century in the semifinal against England in the 1983 Cricket World Cup has become one of his indelible cricket innings. 

Sharma had played a pivotal role in the 1983 World Cup and his splendid innings of scoring 89 runs had sailed the team towards victory by defeating the West Indies team, which was formidable in the world cup. Yashpal's character will be displayed in the upcoming movie '83 and he will be played by actor Jatin Sharma. The movie is a tribute to the 1983-winning World Cup team. 

Yashpal Sharma has made his debut in Test Cricket in 1979 against England and in a total of 37 tests, he had scored 1606 runs including two centuries and nine fifties. His last Test match for India was against West Indies, which he played soon after the 1983 World Cup victory. On the front of ODIs, he made his ODI debut in 1978 against Pakistan and he had totally played 42 ODIs and scored 883 runs. He also had played in Ranji trophy in which he represented three teams including Haryana and Railways. 

He retired from cricket with a historical feat and after getting retired, he had involved in various roles including umpire and selector with the BCCI. He was also a national selector for two times from 2003-2006 and in 2008. He had later served as the Coach of the Uttar Pradesh cricket team in Ranji. Several fans and cricketers are paying tributes to the deceased soul and expressing their condolences to Sharma's family. 

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter and wrote, "Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered. My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family." Veteran cricketer VVS Laxman said, "Devastating news of the passing of Yash Paaji. He was one of the hero’s of 1983 World Cup-winning team and was a very affable person. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Thoughts and Prayers. Om Shanti".

Anil Kumble wrote, "Shocking to hear about the passing of Yashpal Sharma. One of the heroes of our first World Cup win. Condolences to his family and friends." Virender Sehwag took to Twitter and wrote, "So sorry to hear about #YashpalSharma Paaji 's passing away, one of the heroes of our 1983 WC win. Heartfelt condolences. Om Shanti."