New Delhi: The Indian cricket world was shocked on Tuesday while condoling the death of 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma. It was difficult for his former teammates of the team which registered a historic win in the World Cup to contain themselves while paying tribute to the former batsman. Former middle-order batsman Yashpal died of a heart attack here on Tuesday. He was 66 years old. Apart from his wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son.
Kapil Dev got very sad
When PTI contacted Kapil Dev, the captain of the 1983 World Cup champion Indian team, he was very sad and was not in a position to say anything and could only say, ‘I will not be able to speak anything’. Other teammates of Yashpal are also shocked. The champion team of the 1983 World Cup met here two weeks ago on the occasion of the release of a book.
Shock to the team of 1983
Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar said, ‘It is unbelievable. He was the fittest of all of us. When we met that day, I asked him about his routine. He was a vegetarian. He used to take soup for dinner and used to go for morning walk. I can.
Former fast bowler Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who was part of the team, said, ‘Shocked, this is the worst news for me. The 1983 team was like family and it is quite shocking that we have lost a member of the family. Yashpal and Sandhu stayed in the same room during the 1983 World Cup.
Former India captain Kris Srikkanth said that he has lost a good friend. Srikkanth said, ‘He was one of the main heroes who helped us win the 1983 World Cup. I have wonderful memories of playing with him. My condolences to his family.
Another member of the world champion team Kirti Azad also paid tribute to his former teammate. Azad said, ‘When we met that day, he told me that I had lost weight. It was a memorable day for us. I remember the first match of the 1983 World Cup. We faced a strong West Indies team which had an army of stormy bowlers. Yashpal made his plan and we won the match.
Sports Minister also tweeted
People also paid tribute to him on social media, including Sports Minister and former BCCI President Anurag Thakur. Thakur wrote on Twitter, ‘Saddened by the demise of veteran cricketer and member of the 1983 World Cup winning team Yashpal Sharma. He had a stellar career and in the 1983 World Cup, he finished second in the list of highest run scorers for India. His contribution cannot be forgotten.
Tendulkar didn’t believe
The great batsman Sachin Tendulkar also could not believe his death. He wrote, ‘Shocked and deeply saddened by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. I have fond memories of watching him bat in the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket will always be remembered. My condolences to the entire Sharma family.