Decade Review 2009

Yashpal Sharma      

Full name Yashpal Sharma

Born August 11, 1954, Ludhiana, Punjab

Current age 63 years 194 days

Major teams India, Haryana, Punjab, Railways

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Umpire, Referee

Yashpal Sharma
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 37 59 11 1606 140 33.45 2 9 7 16 0
ODIs Insights on odi 42 40 9 883 89 28.48 1401 63.02 0 4 10 0
First-class 160 245 46 8933 201* 44.88 21 46 90 2
List A 74 70 16 1859 91 34.42 0 12 28 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 37 3 30 17 1 1/6 1/6 17.00 3.40 30.0 0 0 0
ODIs Insights on odi 42 8 201 199 1 1/27 1/27 199.00 5.94 201.0 0 0 0
First-class 160 3640 1584 47 5/106 33.70 2.61 77.4 1 0
List A 74 568 478 13 4/41 4/41 36.76 5.04 43.6 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Aug 2-7, 1979 scorecard
Last Test India v West Indies at Delhi, Oct 29-Nov 3, 1983 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v India at Sialkot, Oct 13, 1978 scorecard
Last ODI India v England at Chandigarh, Jan 27, 1985 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1973/74 - 1992/93
List A span 1977/78 - 1982/83

Yashpal Sharma had technical limitations but that shortcoming was overshadowed by his courage, concentration, determination and patience, qualities that made his add substance to the Indian middle order from 1979 to 1983. An ideal man for a crisis, Yashpal could blunt the edge of any attack with solid defence, and though he might not have been a very attractive batsman to watch, none could argue against his value to the side. A score of 173 for North Zone against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy in 1977-78 brought him close to national recognition. He toured Pakistan the following season but did not make the Test team. He did well on the England tour in 1979, scoring 884 runs (58.93), and played in three of the four Tests. He was a regular member of the team during the twin rubbers against Australia and Pakistan in 1979-80, making a number of valuable contributions including his maiden Test hundred against Australia in New Delhi. However, he lost his place after an indifferent showing in Australia and New Zealand the following season (though he did get 201 not out against Victoria). He bounced back against England in 1981-82 and scored 140 in Madras, sharing a record 316-run stand with GR Viswanath. The two batted throughout the second day's play. Yashpal remained a regular member of the team on the tours of England in 1982, and Pakistan and West Indies in 1982-83, always being a difficult batsman to dislodge. He was one of the heroes of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad and his innovative batting and excellent running the wickets saw him make the transition comfortably in the one-day game. However a sudden lapse in form during the 1983-84 season against Pakistan and West Indies saw him lose his place in the Test side and he never regained it, though he did play in a few one day games. Yashpal served as a national selector for a couple years until December 2005 and was reappointed to the panel in 2008.
Partab Ramchand September 2008

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Nov 4, 2009

Yashpal Sharma watches proceedings, Punjab v Mumbai, 2nd day, Ranji Trophy Super League, Group A, Chandigarh, November 4, 2009

Yashpal Sharma watches proceedings

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Sep 3, 2009

Yashpal Sharma watches the BCCI Corporate trophy match in Mohali, Air India Blue v India Revenue, September 3, 2009

Yashpal Sharma watches the BCCI Corporate trophy match in Mohali

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Feb 17, 2009

North Zone selector Yashpal Sharma chats with journalists and Delhi coaching staff, Delhi v Punjab, Ranji one-dayers, Dharamsala, February 17, 2009

North Zone selector Yashpal Sharma chats with journalists and Delhi coaching staff

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