Mourning the demise of Dilip Kumar, Yashpal Sharma had told a news portal that the celebrated Bollywood actor had recommended his name to a prominent cricketer administrator. Thus earning Yashpal Sharma a spot in the Indian cricket team. The cricketer had reminisced how Dilp Kumar had told Raj Singhji that he deserved to play for the country and this incident transformed his life.
Yashpal Sharma will be immortalized on the silver screen in Kabir Khan directed ’83. Jatin Sarna is playing the role of Yashpal Sharma in this sports drama. Speaking about their interaction, Jatin had told ETimes, “I had met Yashpal Sharma during my practice sessions in Delhi. There was immense fire in his belly. I felt that I should meet him before starting to shoot. Specially to get the body language right onscreen. From whatever I judged of him, I feel that he was always wanting to prove himself in the team, with constant contributions with the bat. If it had not been for his 89 in our first match against West Indies in the ’83 World Cup, the stage might not have been set for India. He late came up with two memorable innings, 40 odd against Australia and 60 odd against England (in semis). Yashpal was also very particular to know how the thing was rolling out.”