Get to Know Yashpal Sharma, the Indian Cricketer

Yashpal Sharma is a former Indian cricketer who played for India from 1977 to 1987. He is considered one of the greatest batsmen ever to play in India and was responsible for some of the most memorable innings in Indian cricket history. Let’s take a closer look at this legendary cricketer’s career and accomplishments.


Yashpal Sharma profile and biography, stats, records

Personal information
Born 11 August 1954
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Died 13 July 2021 (aged 66)
New Delhi, India
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side
  • India (1978–1985)
Test debut (cap 145) 2 August 1979 v England
Last Test 3 November 1983 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 26) 13 October 1978 v Pakistan
Last ODI 27 January 1985 v England
ODI shirt no. 68
Domestic team information
Years Team
1973/74–1986/87 Punjab
1987/88–1989/90 Haryana
1991/92–1992/93 Railways
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 37 42 160 74
Runs scored 1,606 883 8,933 1,859
Batting average 33.45 28.48 44.88 34.42
100s/50s 2/9 0/4 21/46 0/12
Top score 140 89 201* 91
Balls bowled 30 201 3,650 568
Wickets 1 1 47 13
Bowling average 17.00 199.00 33.70 36.76
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/6 1/27 5/106 4/41
Catches/stumpings 16/– 10/– 90/2 28/1

Yashpal Sharma’s International Career

Yashpal began playing international cricket in 1977, and he quickly made a name for himself as an aggressive batsman. He had a reputation as a big hitter who could score runs quickly and was often used as an opener or pinch hitter by the Indian team. During his 10-year career, he played in three Tests, 33 ODIs and scored more than 1000 runs in both formats. His highest Test score was 83 against Pakistan while his highest ODI score was 91 against Sri Lanka. In addition to being a great batsman, Yashpal was also very reliable in the field and took some impressive catches over his career.

Domestic Career

Yashpal also had an impressive domestic career that spanned more than 20 years. He represented seven different teams during this time including Delhi Daredevils, Haryana Hurricanes, North Zone and South Zone among others. He also captained several teams including Delhi Daredevils and Baroda Colts. In total, he scored over 10,000 first-class runs with an average of 40.17 which included 19 centuries and 59 fifties. He was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 1983 for his outstanding contribution to sports in India.

Yashpal Sharma has cemented himself as one of the greatest batsmen ever to have graced Indian cricket grounds with his performances on both the international and domestic levels during his illustrious career spanning more than two decades. His aggressive batting style earned him many fans around the world as well as accolades at home where he was awarded with prestigious awards such as the Arjuna Award for his outstanding achievements throughout his career. Cricket fans everywhere are sure to remember Yashpal Sharma fondly for many years to come!

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