India’s cricket fraternity was in shock and disbelief because it mourned the death of 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma on Tuesday (July 13), paying glowing tributes to the previous batsman along with his teammates from that historic triumph breaking down whereas remembering him. Yashpal, a former middle-order batsman, died on Tuesday after struggling a large cardiac arrest right here. He was 66 and is survived by his spouse, two daughters and a son.
Captain of the 1983 group Kapil Dev broke down when information company PTI contacted him and will solely say, “I received’t have the ability to converse.”
Yashpal’s different teammates have been as shocked. The 1983 squad had met on the sidelines of a e book launch right here a few weeks in the past. Former spinner Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who was part of that group, mentioned he’s heartbroken in a choked voice.
“Shocking, that is the worst information that I’ve acquired. It is like … 83 group is sort of a household, one in all our relations is not any extra, it’s so stunning,” Sandhu mentioned.
Kirti Azad, one other member of the 1983 group, additionally paid glowing tributes to his former teammate. “He informed me that day we met that I had misplaced weight. We had a terrific reunion. I keep in mind the very first sport within the 1983 world Cup enjoying the mighty Windies with that quartet of quick bowlers, he set the agenda and we received that sport,” he mentioned.
“He was once more implausible within the semifinal, hitting Bob Willis for a six.”
Tributes poured in for Yashpal on social media too with sports activities minister and former BCCI President Anurag Thakur amongst these providing condolences. “Saddened by the passing away of ace cricketer & 1983 World Cup profitable member Sh Yashpal Sharma,” Thakur wrote on his twitter deal with.
“He had an illustrious profession & was India’s second-highest run getter on the 1983 World Cup. He was additionally an umpire and nationwide selector. His contribution will not be forgotten.”
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar additionally expressed his disbelief on the death. “Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond reminiscences of watching him bat throughout the 1983 World Cup.
“His contribution to Indian cricket shall at all times be remembered. My honest condolences to your entire Sharma household,” Tendulkar wrote on his twitter deal with.
Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond reminiscences of watching him bat throughout the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall at all times be remembered.
My honest condolences to your entire Sharma household. pic.twitter.com/WBQ6ng2x8I
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2021
BCCI secretary Jay Shah mentioned Yashpal was a key contributor to India’s maiden World Cup triumph. “Shocked and pained to study in regards to the sudden demise of Shri Yashpal Sharma. He will at all times be remembered for his knock of 89 runs towards West Indies, which offered impetus to India’s world cup journey in 1983 and his total contribution for #GroupIndia,” he wrote.
Former India cricketers took to the micro-blogging web site to pay their homage. “Shocking to listen to in regards to the passing of Yashpal sharma. One of the heroes of our first World Cup win. Condolences to his household and pals,” former skipper and leg-spinner Anil Kumble wrote.
Shocking to listen to in regards to the passing of Yashpal sharma. One of the heroes of our first World Cup win. Condolences to his household and pals.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 13, 2021
Former India opener Virender Sehwag additionally expressed his disappointment. “So sorry to listen to about #YashpalSharma Paaji’s passing away, one of many heroes of our 1983 WC win. Heartfelt condolences,” he tweeted.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 13, 2021
Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh wrote: “Very unhappy information of the premature demise of Yashpal Sharma paaji. May his soul relaxation in peace. My condolences to his household and family members.”
Very unhappy information of the premature demise of Yashpal Sharma paaji. May his soul relaxation in peace. My condolences to his household and family members #YashpalSharma
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 13, 2021
Former seamer Irfan Pathan wrote: “Shocked to listen to in regards to the passing away of a World Cup winner, Yashpal Sharma ji ! He served as an Indian selector too. Condolences to his household.”
In his worldwide profession, Yashpal, who was additionally a nationwide selector throughout early a part of 2000s, performed 37 Tests, scoring 1606 runs, and 42 ODIs by which he made 883. He additionally picked up one wicket every within the two codecs to his credit score.
(with PTI inputs)