The BCCI on Tuesday condoled the death of former India batsman and World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma, saying the country has “lost one of our cricketing heroes”.

Apart from representing India 79 times in the international arena, Yashpal was also a distinguished national selector, who was part of the panel that picked the 2011 World Cup squad, which would go on to win the tournament.

“I am deeply saddened by the demise of Yashpal Sharma. We have lost one of our cricketing heroes. He was a valuable middle-order batsman, a sharp fielder and an affable person off the field.

“His contribution to Indian cricket shall always be remembered. I extend my condolences to his family in this hour of grief,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying.

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