Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma passed away in New Delhi due to cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning. He was 66 and is survived by his wife Renu Sharma, two daughters Puja, Preeti and son Chirag Sharma.
As per sources, Yashpal suffered a heart attack after returning from morning walk and collapsed at around 7.30 am at his residence in Noida. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Yashpal was a big match performer for India in India's 1983 World Cup winning team with a memorable 89-run match-winning knock that handed the great West Indies team their first defeat at the biggest stage. Yashpal was the top-scorer in the semifinal against England, making a crucial, patient 61 off 115 deliveries.
In 37 Tests he played for India — debut in 1979 against England — Yashpal scored 1606 runs with two centuries (top score of 140) and nine fifties to his name at an average of over 33.
Yashpal's character will be portrayed by Sacred Games-famed actor Jatin Sharma in upcoming movie '83, which plays tribute to the 1983-winning World Cup team.