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World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma passes away aged 66

Yashpal Sharma, a former India batsman and member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, has died (July 13). The 66-year-old is said to have died of a heart attack.

A resolute middle-order batsman

Between 1978 and1985, Yashpal played 37 Tests and 42 One-Day Internationals for India. Yashpal, a resolute middle-order batsman, made his India debut in an ODI against Pakistan in Sialkot in 1978. The following year, he made his Test debut against England at Lord’s and appeared in three of the series’ four Tests.

Later that year, he scored his first Test century against Australia in Delhi, which he backed up with a second-innings 85* in Kolkata the following Test. Yashpal’s next Test century was more than two years later, although his 140 against England in Chennai occurred in a record 316-run partnership with GR Viswanath, during which the two batted for a whole day.

An Excellent Runner Between Wickets

Yashpal was a useful batsman in India’s middle-order during the 1983 World Cup. He was an excellent runner between wickets. In India’s tournament opener at Old Trafford, he set the tone with an 89 against two-time and defending winners West Indies. When India returned to Manchester for the semifinal against England, he once again led the way with 61 points, ensuring India’s place in the final.

He totaled 2489 international runs in addition to 8933 first-class runs at an average of44.88, including 21 centuries.

After retiring, Yashpal worked as a national selector from 2004 to2005, and then again from 2008 to 2011.

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