Sharma was born in Bannu, in what is now Pakistan, in 1932. After retiring as a player, Sharma became a coach and was manager of the Indian hockey team at the Asian Games.
The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1990. Sharma died on 26 August 2007, aged 75, following the complications developed after a fall in his bathroom. He had three daughters and a son, Deepak Sharma, who is a Journalist.
In Lucknow, a state hockey tournament is being organized every year since 2008 in his memory.