Yashpal Sharma, one of India’s heroes from the 1983 World Cup win, died of a heart failure on the morning of Tuesday, the 13th of July in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
He was a gutsy and brave middle-order batsman who played 37 Tests and 42 ODIs for India somewhere in the era of 1978 and 1985. He had an aggregate of 1606 runs with 2 centuries at an average of 33.45 in Test cricket while scoring 883 runs at 28.48 with 4 fifties in ODI cricket. He is best associated with his stellar performance in the 1983 World Cup.
Yashpal Sharma was a man for the crisis as he showed all through his career. He gave his best when the chips were down under pressure when others around him had failed to deliver. In all honesty, the legend Sunil Gavaskar marked him as the ‘Crisis Man‘ for India.
Perhaps the finest performance for the country which was likewise his highest score in ODIs went under pressure against two-time World Cup winners West Indies in the 1983 World Cup at Old Trafford in Manchester. Coming out to bat at 76 for 3, Yashpal top-scored for India with a fine 89 off 120 deliveries against any semblance of Holding, Roberts, Marshall, and Garner. India dominated the game by 34 runs and it gave them the certainty and momentum to go all the way in the world tournament.
Down With STD
There is an interesting anecdote involving Yashpal Sharma. He had a curious accent and mannerism of talking and bantering and many of his partners frequently didn’t get what he was attempting to convey. Anshuman Gaekwad portrayed an occurrence that sent everybody giggling in the dressing area. Yashpal had whined of a burning sensation and expressed ‘STD ho Gaya hai. Ye mujhe pehle kabhi nahin hua hai.’ Everyone was stunned. As it turned out he was the grumbling of ‘acidity’!
A Sensation In School
Yashpal Sharma pounded a splendid 260 for Punjab Schools against Jammu and Kashmir Schools in 1972. He got acclaim from a ton of quarters and soon made it to Punjab University for whom he again sparkled with a thump of 139. Yashpal made his Ranji Trophy debut for Punjab against Services at Jalandhar at an early age of 19 every 1973 and combined with Mohinder Amarnath to set up a radiant partnership of 169 contributing 60 with the bat.
Taking On The Best Bowlers In The Country
Yashpal Sharma showed his class in the Duleep Trophy semi-last in 1977. He took North Zone to success courtesy of a magnificent 173 in the first innings against a potent South Zone assault containing Abid Ali, Erapalli Prasanna, and Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.
Indian Cricketer of the Year
Yashpal scored a heap of runs the next season being overlooked by selectors regardless of his performance in domestic cricket. He had an aggregate of 762 runs at 76.20 and was named the Indian Cricketer of the Year.
Thumping On A Test Position For India
Yashpal progressed forward in his merry ways and crushed an undefeated 135 for North Zone against the West Indies in 1979. The bowling assault of the visitors consisted of legends like Vanburn Holder, Malcolm Marshall. He then helped North zone drafting lift the Duleep Trophy title against the much-liked West Zone top-scoring in the first innings with 89. This was his entryway to the national team.
A Productive 1979-80 Season
Yashpal indented up his maiden Test hundred in his seventh Test – against Australia in Delhi. He nearly took India to an exciting success in the next match at the Eden Gardens. Pursuing a firm 247, Yashpal pounded 85 off only 117 deliveries before bad light stopped India’s quest for triumph with the team total at 200 for 4.
India’s 1983 World Cup Hero
Yashpal Sharma created three significant innings for India in three major matches in the 1983 World Cup – that was his biggest legacy to Indian cricket. He top-scored for the team with a great 89 off 120 deliveries, rescuing India of an opening from 76 for 3 against two-time World Cup victors West Indies. His aggressive 40 against Australia and gritty 61 against England assumed a critical role in India dominating those matches. Yashpal scored 240 runs in the tournament at 34.28 as India proceeded to lift the World Cup.
Yashpal Sharma wore numerous hats for India during his cricketing venture. He was the national selector between 2003 and 2006 and upheld Sourav Ganguly the captain against the then coach Greg Chappell. Later he turned into a national selector again in 2008. He had additionally been the coach of the Uttar Pradesh Ranji team.
Yashpal Sharma was a helpful medium-pace bowler and picked 47 top-notch wickets at an average of 33.7. He could likewise remain behind the stumps as a wicket-keeper if necessary.
Yashpal’s character will be depicted by Sacred Games-acclaimed actor, Jatin Sarna in the forthcoming film ’83, which honors India’s 1983-winning World Cup team.
“83” stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, who led an underdog Indian team to the famous World Cup victory, and features Deepika Padukone as Kapil’s wife Romi Dev. The film also has Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jiiva, Pankaj Tripathi, and Boman Irani as the lead characters.