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Joginder Sharma , 2007 T20 World Cup final hero, announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Medium-pace bowler Joginder Sharma announced his retirement from all formats of the game on Friday. The 39-year-old, who played 4 ODIs and as many T20Is, bowled the famous final over in the India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2007 final.

Joginder Sharma, the man who played a starring role in the final of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup 2007, announced his retirement from all formats of international and domestic cricket on Friday, February 3. Joginder successfully defended 13 runs in nail-biting India vs Pakistan final in Johannesburg on September 24, 2007. 

Joginder Sharma brought the curtains on a 21-year-long journey in competitive cricket. Having made his Li st A debut in 2001/02 season, Joginder played until September 2022 in the Legends League Cricket. He also played under MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings from 2008 to 2011, picking up 14 wickets in 16 matches. The 39-year-old has been serving as Deputy Superintendent of Haryana Police. He was lauded for his efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joginder Sharma played 4 ODIs and as many T20Is between 2004 and 2007. Incidentally, the medium pacer did not play another match for India after the T20 World Cup final in which MS Dhoni took a gamble by giving the last over to the Haryana medium pacer.

The gamble paid off and is considered as one of the masterstrokes of Dhoni’s captaincy career. Pakistan needed 13 runs in the final over with only one wicket left. Misbah-ul-Haq, who was batting with Mohammad Asif, single-handedly led Pakistan’s chase of 158 after they were reduced to 6 for 77 in the final.

After bringing the equation down to 6 runs in 4 deliveries, Misbah played a scoop shot in the third delivery of the over, which landed straight into the hands of deep fine-leg fielder S Sreesanth. It was Joginder who picked the final wicket in the big final that helped India become the world champions in the shortest format of the game.

 

Joginder had also bowled the final over of the semi-final against Australia and picked up 2 wickets, including that of Michael Hussey and Brett Lee.

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Sharing his retirement announcement on social media, Joginder Sharma said his playing days were the best phase of his career and he is looking forward to new opportunities related to the sport.

“Today, with immense gratitude and humility, I announce my retirement from all forms of international and domestic cricket. My journey from 2002-2017 has been the most wonderful years of my life for it was an honour representing India at the highest level of sport.

“I am grateful for the opportunities given to me by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Haryana Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings and Haryana Government.

“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 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,” he added.

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