Former India cricketer Yashpal Sharma dies of cardiac arrest

New Delhi : Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma passed away on Tuesday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest here. He was 66.

Sharma is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

He played a pivotal role in India’s World Cup triumph in 1983 by scoring 240 runs at an average of 34.28 including a match-winning 60 against England in the semi-finals at the Old Trafford.

The former Punjab cricketer made his debut in 1979 against England and was regarded as a gifted middle-order batsman.

In a career spanning from 1979 to 1983, Sharma played 37 Tests, scoring 1606 runs, and 42 ODIs in which he scored 883.

He also served as a national selector for a couple of years.

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