NEW DELHI: Joginder Sharma became a household name when he bowled the match-winning final over in the 2007 ICC World T20 final against Pakistan. Joginder dismissed the dangerous Misbhah-ul-Haq and helped the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team lift the coveted inaugural title.
Cut to 2020 and Joginder, who is now a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Haryana Police, is currently in the front line in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic in Hisar.
Joginder patrols the roads and educates people about the COVID-19 in Hisar. According to the cricketer-turned-cop, handling COVID-19 is more challenging than bowling the high pressure last over in the epic final against Pakistan at the jam-packed Johannesburg stadium.
“I would say handling Coronavirus is more challenging than bowling the last over of the World Cup (T20 World Cup 2007).
Kyunki iss bimari se logo ki jaan jaa rahi hai, aur hume unki jaan bachaani hai (Because people are losing their lives because of this and we have to protect them)”, Joginder told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.
“I am trying really hard to make my area a Corona-free area and if I manage to do that till it fully diminishes, that will be a victory for me. This is a huge challenge.” Joginder told TimesofIndia.com
Joginder also described his role as a cop and his involvement in dealing with the global crisis.
“I am currently posted in Hisar and I don’t see much disobedience here. There are some types of people whom I have to deal with every day. I brief them rather than ordering or scolding them. This is very important to make a person aware. He should know what are the harmful effects of a deadly disease like this. These are people who neither watch television nor read newspapers. So, it is important to make them aware of what is happening around the world. Some youngsters who try to break the rules, we also register cases against them,” Joginder said.
The ICC in fact had recently tweeted about Joginder and the very important role that the 2007 World T20 hero is playing in the battle against coronavirus.
2007: #T20WorldCup hero 🏆 2020: Real world hero 💪 In his post-cricket career as a policeman, India’s Joginder Sh… https://t.co/O0Sk2EYpGC
— ICC (@ICC) 1585411321000
“The best way to combat Coronavirus is to stay at home and maintain social distancing. Let’s pledge that we will get rid of this virus as soon as possible. Government can spread knowledge and offer you a helping hand, but people should know what they have to do. They have to understand why the government and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi are addressing the country and telling people to stay at home,” the nippy medium pacer who played 4 ODIs and 4 T20s for India said.
“If you are standing in queue somewhere then maintain a distance of at least 2 metres, cover your face with the mask and don’t touch anyone and any surface. After that they should do proper hand wash,” the former cricketer said.
“With the help of Timesofindia.com, I just want to request to all my fellow citizens, please stay at home and follow the government’s instructions. The entire world is fighting against this virus. Please do not go out and don’t be part of any gathering. If you are going out to buy any necessary household items like milk and vegetables then please wear masks and sanitise yourself with soap. Take proper precautions. It is the duty of the elders to make their children understand the situation,” he said.
“If in case you think there are symptoms of fever, sore throat, cold or shivering, then please visit a doctor and get yourself treated,” Joginder signed off.