Legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar paid a tribute to former Indian cricketer, Yashpal Sharma, who took his last breathe after a cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning. Tendulkar said that he has “fond memories” of watching Yashpal Sharma bat in the 1983 World Cup.
Tweeting his tribute to the former cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar wrote: “Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered. My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family.”
Shocked and deeply pained by the demise of Yashpal Sharma ji. Have fond memories of watching him bat during the 1983 World Cup. His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered.
My sincere condolences to the entire Sharma family. pic.twitter.com/WBQ6ng2x8I
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2021
Earlier, Yashpal Sharma’s former teammate, Dilip Vengsarkar said it’s difficult to digest his old friend is no more. During a chat on Aaj Tak, Vengsarkar said, “This is unbelievable. I cannot believe that this can happen. We just met last week and he was so fit, he was a fitness freak. Absolutely shocking.”
Vengsarkar said that he recently met Yashpal along with the rest of the former players who were part of the team that won the 1983 World Cup.
Dilip Vengsarkar recalled, “Last week we met up, the ’83 World Cup team. He was the fittest of us all and I asked what the secret was to his fitness. He said he is a vegetarian and he goes for walks every day. That’s why I am saying that I can’t believe that this news is true. I can’t believe it.”
In his career of 37 Tests, Yashpal Sharma had amassed 1606 runs with the highest score of 140 and he maintained an average was 33.45 runs. In ODI cricket, he scored 883 runs in 42 matches at an average of 28.48. He also served as a national selector for a couple of years and was reappointed to the panel in 2008.