Joginder Sharma Biography
Joginder Nath Sharma 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.
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.
Sharma kept performing at the domestic stage with bat and ball. He gained attention when he dismissed Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh while playing for India A against the senior team.
He then performed well in the Ranji Trophy 2004-05 season by scoring two successive centuries and a 14/116 against Vidarbha.
The allrounder from Rohtak made an impression in his first match for Haryana by scoring 81 runs and taking 11 wickets. Sharma finished his debut season with 24 wickets at 17.41 and 280 runs at 46.66.
The selectors rewarded his domestic performances by selecting him for the Bangladesh tour in 2004. He remained not out on 5 as India won the match by 11 runs. He also bowled a good 8 overs in which he took a wicket and conceded only 28 runs.
His form declined further as his series stats read 1/99 in bowling and 34 runs while batting. Thus, he was dropped after that series without any record to his name.
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. His economy rate of 9.82 did not help him to maintain his place in the side as he went unsold in 2016 and 2017.
Sharma did not have anything to show in the four ODIs and four T20s that he had played and thus he hasn’t played any international game since the World T20 final on September 24.
In November 2011, he met with a career-threatening car accident, where he suffered severe head injuries. However, he recovered well and has been an integral part of Haryana setup since then.
The allrounder got a cash reward of Rs. 21 lakhs from the Haryana Government for his exploits in the T20 World Cup and also earned him a job in the Haryana Police Department.
Since then he has been enjoying his life as a Deputy Superintendent of Police. It seems Sharma has reserved the last few pages of his biography to fill up about his exploits in the Police department!