Medium pacer Joginder Sharma, who became an overnight sensation after bowling India to victory in the inaugural Mens T20 World Cup in 2007, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
“Today with immense gratitude and humility I announce my retirement from all forms of International and domestic cricket. My journey from 2002 to 2017 has been the most wonderful years of my life, honour representing India level of sport,” he wrote in a letter addressed to BCCI secretary Jay Shah through his social media accounts on Friday.
Joginder represented India in four ODIs and as many T20Is between 2004 and 2007, scalping five wickets across both formats.
Meanwhile, in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), he featured for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first four seasons, picking 12 wickets from 16 games.
However, he is most remembered for his last-over heroics in the T20 World Cup 2007 final against against arch-rivals Pakistan in Johannesburg. Being asked to bowl the nail-biting final over by the then captain M.S. Dhoni in the affair, he had successfully defended six runs off four balls with one wicket remaining.
“I am grateful for the opportunities given to me by the BCCI wicket Association Chennai Super Kings and the Haryana government to all my teammates coaches Mentors and support staff absolute privilege to have played with you all for helping turn my dream into reality.”
“To all cricket fans that have supported me through the ups and downs of International sport: I will forever cherish the moments I spent with you all. Your support has always been a source of motivation for me.”
“Lastly, I would like to thank my family and friends for their conditional love and support throughout my career they have been my backbones and without them, I would not have been able to achieve what I have today,” he further wrote.
Sharma featured for Haryana in domestic cricket, playing 49 first-class matches, 39 List-A matches and 43 T20s. He last played for them in the 2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy and of late, served as a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the Hisar district of Haryana, while being involved in fighting against Covid-19 when the pandemic gripped the world.
Recently, he had played in the 2022 season of the Legends Cricket League.
“I am excited to announce that I will be exploring new opportunities in the world of cricket & the business side of it, where I will also continue to participate in the sport that I love and challenge myself in a new and different environment. I believe that this is the next step in my journey as a cricketer and I look forward to this new chapter in my life.”