Who doesn’t remember the glorious win of 1983? The joy of seeing India on the glorious victory side still fills hearts with warmth and smiles. However today the world lost a star from the honorary eleven. Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma bid adieu to the world due to a massive cardiac arrest on Tuesday at the age of 66. The cause of death was ruled out as cardiac arrest on paper, around 7:40 am. He may have physically left the world but his spirits and kindness will be kept alive by his wife Renu Sharma, two daughters Puja, Preeti, and son Chirag Sharma.
Jatin Sarna, who will be portraying the role of Yashpal Sharma in Kabir Khan’s sports drama ’83, mourned the loss of the legendary cricketer and shared his grief on the internet. Sharing a series of photos with Yashpal, Jatin wrote in the caption, “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 abhi toh paari baaki thi, Abhi toh mulakaat baaki thi aapke ghar aana tha milne mujhe, Saath mai film dekhni thi aapke, aapke expression dekhne thae.. Yash paah yash paah karke chillana tha sabne sabko pata chalna tha kon hai ye sher, sir…. @yashpalsharmacricketer you will be remembered, History will never forget you #83thefilm”
In an inspiring cricket career, spanning over the late ’70s and the 80’s, Yashpal Sharma, who was born in Ludhiana on August 11, 1954, was a gifted middle-order batsman, giving the team much-needed stability. In 37 Tests he played for India — debut in 1979 against England — Yashpal scored 1606 runs with two centuries (top score of 140) and nine fifties to his name at an average of over 33. Known for his gutsy attitude and his stroke-filled half-century in the semifinal against England in the 1983 campaign at Old Trafford will forever be etched in the memories of Indian cricket fans.
While announcing Jatin as Yashpal back in January 2019, the makers of ’83 had titled him as, “The fearless batsman who could single-handedly change the game for India. Presenting the next devil #YashpalSharma!”
Smashing away every match with his thunderous batting 🏏💪🏼
Presenting the next devil — #YashpalSharma! #ThisIs83 🏆@jatinsarna @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk @deepikapadukone #SajidNadiadwala @Shibasishsarkar @madmantena @ipritamofficial @WardaNadiadwala pic.twitter.com/S2YIKbvbHB
— Nadiadwala Grandson (@NGEMovies) January 14, 2020
May the kind soul find peace in the afterlife.