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Yashpal Sharma Dies at 66, Live Updates: Tributes Pour in for 1983 World Cup Winner

Yashpal Sharma Dies: The Former Indian cricketer passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was a member of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup in England.

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    16:07 (IST)

    Yashpal Sharma's team-mates from the 1983 World Cup were in a state of shock and could not believe that one of them is no more. Madan Lal, who was heading to Sharma’s house on learning that his team-mate is no more, told news18.com, “it is a shocking news. It’s a personal loss for me. I cannot believe he is no more with us.” Dilip Vengsarkar and Balwinder Singh Sandhu were yet to come to terms that Sharma is no more. Said Vengsarkar to this website: “He was the fittest amongst all of us. I used to ask him what he did to stay fit and he said he has always been a vegetarian, a teetotaller. He was a fitness freak also. He said he used to have soothing meals that kept him light.” READ FULL STORY HERE

    16:06 (IST)

    Actor Jatin Sarna, who is all set to portray Yashpal Sharma in the Kabir Khan sports drama 83, has posted a moving tribute to the late cricketer on his Instagram account. Sharing a bunch of behind-the-scenes pictures from 83, Jatin wrote, “This is not done sir, no not fair and god you too not fair. Yashpal sir, can’t believe, you can not leave so soon." (sic). Jatin shared how he was excited to see the film with Sharma and looking forward to seeing the former cricketer’s “expressions."

    14:20 (IST)

    Yashpal Sharma Dies: Suresh Raina takes to Twitter -- Disheartened to hear the passing away of #YashpalSharma ji. You will always remain a star for the entire cricket fraternity. May his soul rest in peace, my deepest condolences to the family! Om Shanti

    13:27 (IST)

    Yashpal Sharma Dies: Ravi Shastri on Sharma's demise -- Really saddened and shocked at losing a colleague of World Cup fame so early in life. Condolences to the family and God bless his soul  

    13:09 (IST)

    Former India spinner Sunil Joshi remembers Yashpal Sharma. We miss you Paaji very loving & joyful test cricketer Sri Yashpal Sharma's passing away, we have sadly witnessed the first demise from India's triumphant 1983 World Cup winning squad, my condolences to his family & friends. Om Shanth

    13:10 (IST)

    Former India spinner Sunil Joshi remembers Yashpal Sharma. We miss you Paaji very loving & joyful test cricketer Sri Yashpal Sharma's passing away, we have sadly witnessed the first demise from India's triumphant 1983 World Cup winning squad, my condolences to his family & friends. Om Shanth

    12:35 (IST)

    Yashpal Sharma Dies: Murali Karthik on Twitter --   Shocking and saddening to hear the news of Yash paaji.. Only a few days ago I saw him on TV with the winning 1983 team.. May his soul merge with light and attain Sadgati..you never know when's the last goodbye.. Heartfelt condolences

    12:28 (IST)

    Akash Chopra on Twitter -- Heartbreaking news of the passing of Yash paji…sending sincere condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers. R.I.P.  Om Shanti

    12:18 (IST)

    Sachin Tendulkar on Yashpal Sharma's passing -  Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered. My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family.

    12:05 (IST)

    Yashpal Sharma Dies: Venketesh Prasad on Sharma's passing -- Heartbreaking to learn about the passing away of 1983 World Cup winner #YashpalSharma . My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Pray that his soul attain Sadgati. Om Shanti

    11:57 (IST)

    But he was best remembered internationally for his performances in India's first World Cup win, in 1983. He aggregated 240 runs at an average of 34.28 to return as the second-highest scorer for India behind skipper Kapil Dev in the tournament. Sharma had top-scored with 89 (off 120 balls) to help India make 262/8 in their 34-run victory over West Indies in their first match of the 1983 World Cup. That win in Manchester gave India the self-belief to go on and win the tournament.

    11:57 (IST)

    Sharma suffered a heart attack after returning from morning walk and collapsed at around 7.30 am. The right-handed batsman, who was the backbone of India's middle-order in the 1983 World Cup, played 37 Test matches, scoring 1606 runs, and 42 ODIs scoring 883 runs. He also played 160 first-class matches, representing Punjab, Haryana and Railways, and scored 8933 runs.

    11:51 (IST)

    "This is unbelievable. I cannot believe that this can happen. We just met last week and he was so fit, he was a fitness freak. Absolutely shocking," said Vengsarkar on Aaj Tak "Last week we met up, the '83 World Cup team. He was the fittest of us all and I asked what the secret was to his fitness. He said he is a vegetarian and he goes for walks every day. That's why I am saying that I can't believe that this news is true. I can't believe it. "I will be speaking to the family. The news is just sinking in," he said.

    11:40 (IST)

    Yashpal Sharma Dies: Tributes pour in "in Prayers for the peace of Yashpal Sharma Ji’s soul. A respected name in cricket fraternity and part of the 83 World Cup glory. Om Shanti " - Former India international Reema Malhotra

    11:27 (IST)

    Born in Punjab in 1954, Sharma represented Haryana, Railways and Punjab in domestic cricket and went on to play 37 Tests and 42 ODI for India. He made 1606 Test runs at 33.45 with the best of 140, while in ODIs he made 883 runs at 28.48 with the best of 89.   

    Yashpal Sharma Dies: Former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was a member of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup in England.

    Born in Punjab in 1954, Sharma represented Haryana, Railways, and Punjab in domestic cricket and went on to play 37 Tests and 42 ODI for India. He made 1606 Test runs at 33.45 with the best of 140, while in ODIs he made 883 runs at 28.48 with the best of 89.

    Sharma suffered a heart attack after returning from morning walk and collapsed at around 7.30 am.

    The right-handed batsman, who was the backbone of India’s middle-order in the 1983 World Cup, played 37 Test matches, scoring 1606 runs, and 42 ODIs scoring 883 runs. He also played 160 first-class matches, representing Punjab, Haryana and Railways, and scored 8933 runs.

    But he was best remembered internationally for his performances in India’s first World Cup win, in 1983. He aggregated 240 runs at an average of 34.28 to return as the second-highest scorer for India behind skipper Kapil Dev in the tournament.

    Sharma had top-scored with 89 (off 120 balls) to help India make 262/8 in their 34-run victory over West Indies in their first match of the 1983 World Cup. That win in Manchester gave India the self-belief to go on and win the tournament.

    Sharma registered three of his five highest ODI career scores in the 1983 World Cup. He top-scored in three big wins for India playing the defining knock in these matches – in their tournament opener, a potential Quarter-Final, and the Semi-Final.

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