New Delhi: Indian cricket team’s medium pacer Joginder Sharma, who bowled the last over against Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup final, has retired from all forms of cricket.
39-year-old Joginder Sharma has played 4 ODIs and 4 T20Is for the Indian team between 2004 and 2007. He has also participated in local tournaments for Haryana.
Captain Dhoni called the inexperienced Joginder Sharma to bowl the last over in the T20 World Cup final in 2007 and handed the ball over to him. He bowled brilliantly to lead India to victory and recorded some of the greatest moments in cricket history.
Despite having just one wicket in hand, Pakistan were on their way to victory in that situation. Misbah-ul-Haq had brought the game so close that only 6 runs were needed from 4 balls. Then Joginder Sharma scoop shot the ball wrongly and caught it to Sreesanth who was standing in the direction of fine leg. Thus the Indian team won the T20 champion title. That was Joginder Sharma’s last international match.
However, he played for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL for 4 years. After this he joined Haryana Police as Deputy Superintendent of Police. He last played for Haryana in List A matches at the end of 2017. Following this, he participated in the Legends Cricket League held last September.
Joginder Sharma has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He has said that he is keen to take up various responsibilities in cricket.
In his announcement of retirement, he said, “I am retiring from domestic and international cricket. The period from 2002 to 2017 was the golden period of my life. I am proud to have played for the Indian team. I would like to thank BCCI, Haryana Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings and Haryana Government for giving me this opportunity. I am about to start my journey on another side of cricket. I am happy to announce it,” he said.