Full name Yashpal Sharma
Born August 11, 1954, Ludhiana, Punjab
Current age 60 years 356 days
Major teams India, Haryana, Punjab, Railways
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Other Umpire, Referee
|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|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v India at Sialkot, Oct 13, 1978 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v England at Chandigarh, Jan 27, 1985 scorecard|
|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.
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