Joginder Sharma will always hold a very special place in Indian cricket history. He was the hero when India lifted their first and till date only T20 World Cup. After bowling the final over in the semifinal win over Australia, he was tasked with the same responsibility against Pakistan in the final.
With Pakistan needing 13 runs and Misbah-ul-Haq in stunning form, Joginder Sharma was under immense pressure. To make things worse, he started the over with an wide. He was then hit by a six by the Pakistan star before the latter scooped the next ball to S Sreesanth at fine leg as India won the World Cup.
Joginder Sharma has further bolstered his hero status by serving the country during the coronavirus pandemic. After retiring from the game, he joined Haryana Police as a Deputy superintendent Of Police and is currently busy serving the people during the tough times.
He recently opened up on his experience as a cricketer and a police officer and said that he faces more pressure as a police officer making sure people stay home during the coronavirus crisis.
“Obviously this contribution is much bigger because people are losing their lives,” Joginder Sharma told AFP.
“It was also a big thing, winning the World Cup for India, but here we have to save the nation. And even if I am playing a small part in this, then it is huge,” he added.
Joginder Sharma has been leading a team trying to keep people off the streets during a 21-day lockdown ordered by the government to halt the spread of the virus. As things stand, India has reported 29 deaths from more than 1,000 cases.
The former cricketer further said he is using cricket’s spirit of teamwork to tackle the crisis.
“It was the nature of my sport, which is a team game and players work together to make things happen. So now we have to help each other and the biggest help will be to stay inside our homes,” he said.