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Yashpal Sharma
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Yashpal Sharma

India
Yashpal Sharma

INTL CAREER: 1978 - 1985

Full Name

Yashpal Sharma

Born

August 11, 1954, Ludhiana, Punjab

Died

July 13, 2021, New Delhi, (aged 66y 336d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

relations

(nephew)

Other

Umpire, Referee

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test375911160614033.45297160
ODI424098838928.48140163.0204100
FC160245468933201*44.882146902
List A74701618599134.42012281
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test373301711/61/617.003.4030.00000
ODI42820119911/271/27199.005.94201.00000
FC16036401584475/10633.702.6177.4010
List A74568478134/414/4136.765.0443.60100
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatUmpireTV UmpireReferee
WODI22
FC211
List A972
T201616
Yashpal Sharma, player portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1973/74 - 1992/93
List A Matches
Span
1977/78 - 1982/83

Photos


Yashpal Sharma watches proceedings
Yashpal Sharma watches the BCCI Corporate trophy match in Mohali
North Zone selector Yashpal Sharma chats with journalists and Delhi coaching staff
Yashpal Sharma, Sunil Gavaskar, Syed Kirmani and Roger Binny at a reunion of India's 1983 World Cup-winning squad at Lord's, on the 25th anniversary of the final
(From left) Former Pakistan Test players Mansoor Akhtar and Azmat Rana speak to former Indian Test batsman Yashpal Sharma
Indian team members proudly hold aloft the trophy