Joginder Sharma, who famously bowled the final over of the 2007 World T20 against Pakistan and helped India break their 24-year World Cup drought, has officially announced his retirement from cricket. Joginder represented India in 4 ODIs and 4 T20Is between 2004 and 2007 with his last appearance incidentally coming in the final of the inaugural WT20, where he defended 13 off the final over.
Joginder, 39, took to Twitter to make the announcement.
Though Joginder’s last appearance for India came in 2007, at the age of 23, he continued to play professional cricket till 2017, representing Haryana. Overall, he represented Haryana in 77 first-class matches and finished with 297 FC scalps to his name.
Joginder played no cricket for a period of four years, between 2018 and 2022, but last year ended the four-year hiatus by featuring in Legends League Cricket. There, he represented two sides — India Maharajas in a one-off exhibition and Gujarat Giants in the main tournament, in which he made four appearances.
The right-arm seamer also featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) between 2008 and 2011, making 16 appearances for the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise.