While the coronavirus pandemic has claimed thousands of lives around the world and affected millions, the crisis has also brought out the best in human beings. And at a time when paranoia and despair are ruling the world, the cricketer turned cop Joginder Sharma is bringing a sliver of hope and inspiration to Indians.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday lauded India’s 2007 T20 World Cup hero Joginder Sharma for his service to the nation during the tough times of the coronavirus pandemic. Spending his post-cricket career as DSP in Haryana Police, Sharma is on the frontline to battle the highly contagious disease as India is under 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
A former cricketer, Sharma became a household name in India after he famously bowled the final over for India during the 2007 T20 World Cup final, which Indian went on to win. After retiring from professional cricket, Sharma went on to join the Haryana police force, where he currently serves as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in 2016.
Joginder Sharma, who became a hero for Indian cricket with an unforgettable final over of a T20 World Cup final in 2007, is now being a hero on the streets in Haryana, where he is now helping enforce the lockdown in place to counter the coronavirus pandemic. Joginder Sharma recently went viral on social media once again after he was seen carrying out his duties as a cop wearing a mask amid the coronavirus crisis.
The 36-year-old is currently posted in Hisar as the nation observes a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to combat the pandemic, which has killed more than 24,000 globally.
“Our duty time starts around 6 am, and we do patrol, making people aware, send those who are out for fun to their homes, help those in need of essentials or medical aid and take action against those who try to defy without any good reason,” Sharma said giving a rundown of his average day.