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Posted on: Jul 13, 2021
The Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Surav Ganguly, expressed his grief on Tuesday over the death of India’s World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma. The 66-year-old died of cardiac arrest early Tuesday morning. Ganguly wrote on his official Twitter account, “Sad to hear the news of Yashpal Sharma.. Had the opportunity to work with him as captain and player and then on TV. A very important part of the 1983 win that showed young players like us. Dream trophies. RIP.”
Several Indian cricket brothers including Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Irfan Pathhan among others paid tribute to the late cricketer. Sharma’s 1983 World Cup teammates were in complete disbelief. “It’s hard to accept,” former captain Sunil Gavaskar told TOI.
“It’s awful, it’s unbelievable. I just met him in Gurgaon at an event to celebrate the anniversary of our 83rd World Cup victory. He looked the fittest in the lottery. I thought he’d live to be 100! He was a strict vegetarian, never drinking or smoking. He only had soup for dinner these days, he cut back on rice. He had a tee-totaler. A controlled diet. He was a tough guy, basically a fitness freak,” former India captain Dilip Vengarkar told TOI.
Sharma played 37 Tests and 42 ODIs for India, scoring 1,606 and 883 runs respectively. He made his ODI debut for India in 1978 against Pakistan in Sialkot. He also made his Test debut in 1979 against England at Lord’s Stadium
Sharma was the second highest-grossing player in the 1983 India World Cup. He achieved 89 in the league match against West Indies, which set the tone for India’s World Cup. Sharma was also India’s top scorer in the semi-final against England with 61, as Kapil Dev’s men reached the final of the mega event.
The former cricketer played his last international match in 1985, an ODI match against England in Chandigarh. According to media reports, Sharma collapsed at home after returning from his morning walk. He left behind his wife, two daughters and a son.
Sharma was eager to see 83, a Bollywood movie based on India’s first World Cup win, which has been delayed due to the pandemic.
– By cricket reporter