Joginder Sharma, India's 2007 T20 World Cup hero, officially announced his retirement from cricket. Sharma bowled the last over in the final of the World Cup against Pakistan when Misbah-ul-Haq was batting. Haq miscued a reverse scoop and the ball landed in Sreesanth's hands and, just like that, Joginder Sharma etched his name in the history books for eternity.
"Today, with immense gratitude & humility, I announce my retirement from all forms of international & 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," wrote Sharma in a letter shared by him.
He then thanked the teams and associations he was tied with and said that it was an absolute privilege to work with them. "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. To all my teammates, coaches, mentors and support staff: It has been an absolute privilege to have played with you all, and, I thank you all for helping turn my dream into reality."
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"To all cricket fans that have supported me through the ups & downs of international sport, I will forever cherish the moments I spent with you all and your support has always been a source of motivation for me. Lastly, I would like to thank my family & friends for their unconditional love and support throughout my career.
They have been my backbones and without them, I would not have been able to achieve what I have today. 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 concluded by wishing his teammates all the best for the future. "I wish all my former teammates and the Indian cricket team all the best for their future endeavours. Thank you for all the memories."
Joginder Sharma, who is 39-years-old, is currently serving as DSP, Haryana Police.