Yashpal Sharma dies



New Delhi

Yashpal Sharma, member of the India side that famously won the 1983 World Cup, has died of a heart attack at the age of 66, cricket authorities said on Tuesday.

Yashpal played a key part in India’s first World Cup win that triggered cricket’s rise in South Asia.

He played 37 Tests and 42 One-day Internationals as a right-handed middle-order batsman between 1979 and 1985.

Sharma was the second-highest run-getter for India at the 1983 tournament after captain Kapil Dev. He scored 89 against the West Indies in a first-round game and 61 in the semi-final against England.

Rank outsiders India stunned two-time champions the West Indies in the final at Lord’s. “Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma-ji.

Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup,” batting great Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.

After quiting, Yashpal was involved in coaching, commentary and cricket administration, including two stints as national selector.—AFP

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