Kapil Dev and other team members of the 1983 World Cup-wining team became teary-eyed and broke down while recalling Yashpal Sharma, who passed away in July following a heart attack.
“Yes, we missed him very much. What a massive contribution he had made to that campaign. His energy, his sense of fun and utter dedication to Team India’s cause has not always got the credit, but this film makes up for that,” Sunil Gavaskar told The Indian Express.
“We observed a minute’s silence in Yashpal’s memory before the start of the show. We missed him on many occasions during the show as well. He loved watching Hindi movies and I used to pull his leg. It’s difficult to get over the grief. He will remain with us all the time. His family is like our family now,” Sandhu told this paper.
“We broke down many times and felt terrible. His contribution was immense. He set the ball rolling at the 1983 World Cup in the first game against the West Indies, coming up with that brilliant knock and shocking everyone. The win against the West Indies gave us belief,” Azad told The Indian Express.
“We had a little get-together as our families were here. Ranveer Singh (who plays Kapil Dev) and Kabir Khan (director) were also there to interact with the 1983 family. Yashpal’s wife Renu and their two daughters and son, too, were present. We had moist eyes. These moments are very emotional for us. We remember him. The victory united India and made India a superpower, and Yashpal played a big part too. The team gelled like no other,” Azad said, adding: “We all made sure Renu and the children were here in the run-up to the release of the movie, to share these moments with us.”
“He played a very important innings of 89 in the first game at Old Trafford against the West Indies. That set the tone for us in the tournament,” said Dilip Vengsarkar.
“Yashpal had contributed all through. His run-out of Allan Lamb in the semifinal against England was crucial and his partnership (of 92 runs) with Jimmy (Mohinder) Amarnath was important,” Azad recalled.