Yashpal Sharma, former Indian cricketer and member of the 1983 World Cup squad, has died at the age of 66 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday.
Sharma is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. His daring attitude against the fiercest opposition fascinated him with his teammates and made him an important asset to the Indian cricket team. He wore the Team India jersey in 37 ODIs and 42 Tests and was an important part of the middle order from 1979-83.
Sharma was also part of the selection committee when India won the World Cup in 2011 on home soil.
Meanwhile, the cricket fraternity led by people like Kris Srikkanth, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag relieved the death of the former Indian cricketer on social media.
Yashpal’s former teammate Srikkanth wrote: “Sad to hear of the passing of my former teammate and friend #YashpalSharma! He was one of the most important heroes who helped us lift the 1983 World Cup! May his soul rest in peace. “
Sad to hear of the death of my former teammate and friend #YashpalSharma! He was one of the most important heroes who helped us lift the 1983 World Cup! May his soul rest in peace 🙏!
– Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) 13 July 2021
Tendulkar said he was “shocked and tormented” by the news.
“Shocked and deeply tormented by the death of Yashpal Sharma ji. Keep fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket will always be remembered. My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family, “ tendulkar tweeted.
Shocked and deeply tormented by the passing of Yashpal Sharma ji. Keep fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket will always be remembered.
My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family. pic.twitter.com/WBQ6ng2x8I
– Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 13 July 2021
– Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 13 July 2021
“Sorry to hear about #YashpalSharma Paaji’s passing away, one of the heroes of our World Cup victory in 1983. Heartfelt condolences. About Shanti, ”Sehwag wrote.
Other cricketers also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Yashpal Sharma.
Heartbreaking to learn about the death of the 1983 World Cup winner #YashpalSharma .
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Pray that his soul will reach Sadgati. About Shanti pic.twitter.com/Cz0URjCTjY
– Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) 13 July 2021
– Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 13 July 2021
Shocked to hear of the passing of #YashpalSharma ji. An Indian cricket hero and part of the legendary winning team of 1983 in the World Cup. My condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/Ry7z9miPsB
– Shikhar Dhawan (@ SDhawan25) 13 July 2021
Sad about the passing of our 1983 World Cup hero, Yashpal Sharma. His passing is a huge shock to the cricket fraternity. May his soul rest in peace🙏
– Ajinkya Rahane (@ ajinkyarahane88) 13 July 2021
Shocked and really sad to hear of his passing #YashpalSharma ji. He will always be an inspiration to many !! My condolences to his family and loved ones.
Rest in peace! About shanti! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/leT7kXaeRt
– Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) 13 July 2021
Very sad news about the untimely downfall of Yashpal Sharma paaji. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his family and loved ones 🙏🏻 #YashpalSharma
– Yuvraj Singh (@ YUVSTRONG12) 13 July 2021
Sad to hear the news of Yashpal Sharma .. had the opportunity to work with him as captain, player and then on TV.
– Sourav Ganguly (@ SGanguly99) 13 July 2021
Deeply saddened by the sudden downfall of Yashpal paaji. He was an amazing batsman and fielder and was on the excellent World Cup team of 1983. I was fortunate to play some ODIs and many matches for State Bank of India. May his soul find eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/cjGjsqrFg1
– Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) 13 July 2021
Really heartbreaking to know that Yashpal paaji is no more. May God give his loved ones the strength to face this loss. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/tDZwzwSilu
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 13 July 2021
Shocking and sad to hear the news of Yash paaji .. Only a few days ago I saw him on TV with the winning team of 1983 .. May his soul merge with light and reach Sadgati … you never know when is the last goodbye .. Heartfelt condolences
– Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) 13 July 2021
– Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) 13 July 2021
– Punam Raut (@raut_punam) 13 July 2021
Heartbreaking news about the passing of Yash paji … the heartfelt condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers. TEAR
– Wear a mask. Stay Safe, India (@cricketaakash) 13 July 2021
– Vinod Kambli (@ vinodkambli349) 13 July 2021