Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma has died of a heart attack on Tuesday. Yashpal was one of the heroes in India s World Cup triumph in 1983. He made his ODI debut earlier in 1978 against Pakistan while amassing 883 runs at an average of 28.48.

He also served as a national selector for a couple of years and was reappointed to the panel in 2008.

 

Yashpal Sharma made his highest first-class score against Victoria in 1980–81, a 465-minute 201*. In the Adelaide Test of that series, Sharma hit 47 and 147 with Sandeep Patil. This was his only innings of some consequence in the tour and he was soon dropped. On his comeback, at Madras in 1981–82, he hit 140 against England. He batted through the full second day of the match with Gundappa Viswanath and their third-wicket partnership contributed 316 runs. At Port of Spain next year, he was struck on the head by Malcolm Marshall and forced to retire.

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He was India’s national cricket selector from 2003 to 2006. During this tumultuous period of Indian cricket, he supported Indian Cricket captain Sourav Ganguly over coach Greg Chappell. He again became a selector for the national team in 2008. He later served as the coach for Uttar Pradesh Ranji Team.

 

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