Joginder Sharma (Cricketer)
Birth Place: Rohtak (Haryana)
Date of Birth: Oct 23, 1983
Other Post: DSP Haryana Police
Personal Info & Biography
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Bowling style||Right arm fast-medium|
A bowling all rounder, he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler and captains his state, Haryana. He had often been compared to fellow Kapil Dev, India’s greatest all rounder, due to his similar aggressive batting style and fast bowling.
Sharma made his first-class debut for Haryana against Madhya Pradesh in the 2002/03 Ranji Trophy, hitting 81 before taking 11/84 to lead Haryana to a 103 run victory. He had made his debut in the limited over domestic arena the season before. Sharma finished his debut season with 24 wickets at 17.41 and 280 runs at 46.66 He followed this with 148 runs at 68.51 and 23 wickets at 23.39 in 2003/04 Ranji season. He was selected for the North Zone team for the Duleep Trophy, and took 6/59 in a match against West Zone during the victorious campaign.
As National Player
Sharma gained national attention in a match for India A against the national team at Bangalore, when he dismissed Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman and Yuvraj Singh. He also played for the Rest of India side, which defeated Mumbai in the Irani Trophy.
Having scored two successive centuries, and securing a 14/116 in the 2004/05 Ranji Trophy against Vidarbha, Sharma won his place in the Indian side for the Bangladesh tour. He had limited batting opportunities, scoring 34 in two brief knocks at the end of the innings without being dismissed, but his bowling was ineffective, taking 1/99, and was dropped after playing in that ODI series. He ended the Ranji Trophy with 36 wickets, the second highest at 15.47 and 472 runs at 52. In 2005/06, he topped the Duleep Trophy bowling averages.
Shining Star of India
Sharma found a place for himself in the 2007 Twenty-20 World Cup in South Africa. He bowled the final over in India’s closely fought semifinal victory over Australia in the tournament with 22 runs required, taking two wickets as India won by 15 runs.
He also bowled the final over in the final against Pakistan with thirteen runs required and only one wicket in hand. His first ball went for a wide and the next was borderline but not called by the umpire. The third was a full toss which was pulled straight back over his head for six by Misbah-ul-Haq. Misbah attempted to scoop the ball over the fine leg fielder from the fourth ball but mistimed it and was caught by Sreesanth, giving India the win. Recently the Haryana government announced a cash reward of Rs 21 lakh for Sharma in recognition of his contribution to the Indian victory.