Joginder Sharma full name is Joginder Nath Sharma. He is a former Indian cricketer, who is a right-arm medium fast bowler and a right-handed batsman. Hailing from Rohtak, Haryana, he was born on 23rd of October, 1983. His father ran a local paan shop while Joginder grew up.
The cricketer turned Police officer made sporadic appearances for the Indian cricket team. He is credited with bowling the famous last over in the 2007 ICC World T20 final.
Rise to Glory
Sharma ended the Ranji Trophy 2004-05 season with 36 wickets, the second highest at 15.47 and 472 runs at 52.00. In 2005/06, he topped the Duleep Trophy bowling averages too. He knew a national call up would come once again and this may be his last bet.
He was selected for the 2007 ICC World T20 and bowled the final overs in the semi-finals and the finals. He conceded just 7 runs in the semi-finals against Australia and took 2 wickets.
In the finals, after conceding a six it looked like MS Dhoni has made a wrong choice by not opting for Harbhajan Singh. But Joginder Sharma took the last wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq and led India to their maiden T20 World Cup title.
Joginder Sharma has played just 16 matches in the Indian Premier League. He represented the Chennai Super Kings for whom he scored 36 runs and took 12 wickets.
Interesting Facts & Secrets About Joginder Sharma
He has captained his state, Haryana at the domestic matches.
He gained national attention in a match for India A against the national team at Bangalore, when he dismissed Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman and Yuvraj Singh.
For his heroics in 2007 T20 Wc, he earned a job with Haryana Police and also a cash reward of INR 21 Lakhs from Haryana Government.
He met with a career-threatening car accident in November 2011, where he suffered severe head injuries. But he recovered well and returned to the 2012-13 domestic season. The chances to play for the national side was almost impossible and he decided to quit cricket and took up the job as DCP in Haryana Police. He worked tirelessly during the corono virus pandemic and was appreciated for his effort.