One of the 1983 World Cup heroes, Yashpal Sharma dies of heart attack

Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma has died of cardiac arrest. The former Indian batsman reportedly died at 7:40 am Tuesday. He is survived by his wife Renu Sharma, two daughters Puja, Preeti and son Chirag Sharma.

Yashpal was one of the heroes in India’s World Cup triumph in 1983. He played a crucial role in the victorious campaign, scoring 240 runs at an average of 34.28 including a match-winning 60 against England in the semi-finals.

The 66-year-old former Punjab cricketer was regarded as a gifted middle-order batsman. He scored 1606 runs with two centuries and nine fifties in the 37 test matches which he played for India. Yashpal made his international debut in 1979 against England.

Yashpal scored 260 for Punjab schools against Jammu & Kashmir schools in 1972 when he first caught the eyes of everyone. In the span of two years, he was in the state team and a member of the North Zone team that won the Vizzy Trophy. His first major innings in first-class cricket was a 173 in the Duleep Trophy for North, against the South Zone which had Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna, and Venkataraghavan.

Post-retirement he was involved in various roles with the Indian cricket board (BCCI), Punjab and Haryana cricket, and also served as cricket expert with India TV.

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