Yashpal Sharma, who was a member of 1983 World Cup-winning squad, on Tuesday passed away at the age of 66 due to cardiac arrest.

Former India batsman Yashpal Sharma, who was a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, on Tuesday passed away at the age of 66 due to cardiac arrest.

Yashpal was regarded as a gifted middle-order batsman. He represented India in 37 Tests, and 42 ODIs, scoring 1606 and 883 runs respectively. The Ludhiana-born cricketer had also served as a national selector for a couple of years and was reappointed to the panel in 2008.

In the domestic circuit, Yashpal scored 8933 runs in 160 First-Class matches at an average of 44.88 while in 74 List A games, he amassed 1859 runs.

Reacting to the news of  Yashpal Sharma’s demise, former India cricketer Madan Lal said, “Can’t believe that he is no more. I have a lot of memories with him. We started off from Punjab, played the World Cup with him.

“Everyone is shocked now. His cricket career is the best. We met at a book launch recently. I can’t believe it. He is survived by his wife and 3 children. Son in London for studies. Close relatives in Ludhiana,” Lal added.

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