1983 World Cup legend Yashpal Sharma no more

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Former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma, a member of the Kapil Dev-led World Cup-winning team in 1983, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday.

He was 66 years old. 

He suffered an attack at around 7:40 am after coming home from a morning walk.

Yashpal made his Test debut in 1979 against England.

He has represented India in 37 Test matches, scoring 1606 runs at an average of 33.45 including two centuries and nine half-centuries.

He made his ODI debut in 1978 against Pakistan.

Yashpal Sharma featured in 42 ODI matches for India where he scored 883 runs including four fiftes.

He is 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.

He 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 confidence to go on and win the tournament.

Many cricketers took to Twitter to pay tribute to the legend.