Former India cricketer and an integral part of India's 1983 World Cup winning campaign, Yashpal Sharma died of a cardiac arrest in New Delhi at the age of 66 on Tuesday.
"Yes, Yashpal is no more with us. We just received the information from his family," a former India teammate of Yashpal confirmed the news to PTI.
According to sources, Sharma collapsed at home after returning from his morning walk. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2021
My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family. pic.twitter.com/WBQ6ng2x8I
Sharma played 37 Tests, scoring 1,606 runs, and 42 ODIs in which he scored 883 runs for India. His gritty half-century in the semifinal against England in the 1983 campaign at Old Trafford is one of the major highlights of his career. Sharma was also a national selector in early 2000s.
In Ranji Trophy, he represented three teams - Haryana, Railways and Punjab - where he amassed 8933 runs in 160 matches that included 21 tons.
Shocking to hear about the passing of Yashpal sharma. One of the heroes of our first World Cup win. Condolences to his family and friends.— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 13, 2021
Devastating news of the passing of Yash Paaji. He was one of the hero’s of 1983 World Cup winning team and was a very affable person. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Thoughts and Prayers. Om Shanti🙏 pic.twitter.com/k4EB3fz0fU— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 13, 2021
Really heartbreaking to know that Yashpal paaji is no more. May God give his loved ones strength to cope with this loss. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/tDZwzwSilu— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 13, 2021
Sad news coming in. 🇮🇳 World Cup hero #YashpalSharma (1954 - 2021) passed away this morning.— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) July 13, 2021
KKR joins the cricketing fraternity in offering heartfelt condolences to the family 💐 pic.twitter.com/v1sZUUWHnl
Saddened by the passing away of ace cricketer & 1983 World Cup winning member Sh Yashpal Sharma.— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) July 13, 2021
He had an illustrious career & was India's second-highest run getter at the 1983 World Cup. He was also an umpire and national selector. His contribution won’t be forgotten.
ॐ शांति pic.twitter.com/fhra6UcngV
Heartbreaking to learn about the passing away of 1983 World Cup winner #YashpalSharma .— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) July 13, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
Pray that his soul attain Sadgati. Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/Cz0URjCTjY