Best remembered for his exploits in the 1983 World Cup, Yashpal Sharma succumbed to a massive heart attack on Tuesday morning. He was 66.
Known for his gritty batting, immaculate fielding and brisk running between the wickets, Yashpal returned home from his morning walk and collapsed. He is survived by wife, two daughters and a son.
During a career between 1973 and 1993, Yashpal played Ranji Trophy for Punjab (47 matches), Haryana (14) and Railways (6).
No duck in 42 ODIs OF YASHPAL SHARMA
In an international career from 1978 to 1985, he was never out for a duck in 42 ODIs. During his 37-Test career that began at Lord’s, Yashpal’s 140 against England at Chennai in 1982, was the highpoint.
His top-score was part of a 316-run stand with wrist-artist G.R. Viswanath who scored a career-high 222. Yashpal “learnt by watching the master at work” as the duo batted throughout the second day.
He made up for limited strokes through sheer resolve. Perpetually battling the fear of being dropped, he turned circumspect. That perhaps explained his caution until the first 40-50 runs before shifting gears.
One such innings resulted in his maiden Test century, against Australia at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla, in 1979. Following a ‘pair’ Yashpal Sharma in the previous Test at Kanpur, Yash was desperate.