1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma passes away

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The 66-year-old, was a member of the 1983 Word Cup-winning team led by Kapil Dev, where he was India’s second-highest run getter and had represented the country in 37 Tests and 47 One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

The Punjab cricketer had made his ODI debut against Pakistan in Sialkot in 1978 and donned his maiden Test cap the following year vs England at Lord’s.

A seven-year international career saw him score 1,606 runs from 37 Tests at an average of 33.45 while he scored 883 runs from 42 ODIs at an aggregate of 28.48.

According to reports in the media, Yashpal breathed his last at 7.40 am. His last rites will be performed around 1 pm.

With a crucial 61, Yashpal top-scored for India in the 1983 World Cup semifinal against hosts England at Old Trafford.

Batting at No.4, he stitched an important partnership with Mohinder Amarnath at Manchester after India had lost both the openers.

Yashpal anchored India’s chase and aided by an unbeaten 51 off 32 balls from Sandeep Patil, India beat England by four wickets.

Later on ‘Kapil’s Devils’ went on to make history as they beat the mighty West Indies led by Clive Lloyd in the final at Lord’s by 43 runs to clinch the Prudential World Cup.

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