Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away at the age of 98. He breathed his last on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. From the film world to the political circles, there is mourning for the death of Dilip Sahab. Dilip Kumar helped many people in his life. One of them was former cricketer Yashpal Sharma. Sharma had mentioned many times how Dilip Kumar made his career.
Sharma had said, ‘As long as I am alive, only one actor will remain my favourite. You guys call him Dilip Kumar, I call him Yusuf Bhai. If there is anyone who makes my life in cricket, it is Yusuf Bhai.
Sharma, who was part of the 1983 World Cup winning team, had said that it was Dilip Kumar who took him from Ranji Trophy to the BCCI and the Indian team. Sharma had said that I will always be emotionally attached to him.
Sharma had narrated the anecdote that he was playing a Ranji Trophy match for Punjab. Dilip Kumar had come to watch that match. After his batting someone told him that someone wants to meet you. When Sharma reached, he saw Dilip Kumar. Dilip Kumar told him that you play very well. I spoke to someone in BCCI for you. He then spoke to Rajsingh Dungarpur. It was only after this that Sharma got a place in the Indian team.
Sharma was the hero of 1983 World Cup
In the 1983 World Cup, the Indian team started with a win against the West Indies. Sharma played an important role in this. When he came to the crease, the team’s score was 76 for three, which was soon reduced to 141 for five. Sharma played an innings of 89 runs off 120 balls. He not only hit good shots but also ran well between the wickets. Apart from this, be it an aggressive 40 against Australia or an innings of 61 runs against England in difficult conditions. Sharma scored 240 runs in the tournament at an average of 34.28. India finally won the World Cup.