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Cricketer-turned-policeman Joginder Sharma reflects on the challenges of combatting coronavirus
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Cricketer-turned-policeman Joginder Sharma reflects on the challenges of combatting coronavirus

Joginder Sharma is famously remembered for delivering the key final over in the 2007 World T20 final against arch-rivals Pakistan but the former all-rounder is currently battling a steeper challenge while patrolling the streets as a police officer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Joginder's proactive role as a law-enforcer recently grabbed the attention of the International Cricket Council (ICC) among others, who lauded his efforts.

"Obviously this contribution is much bigger because people are losing their lives," Joginder told AFP.

The 36-year-old serves as a superintendent in Hisar in Haryana. He has been leading a team tasked with keeping people from grouping on the streets during the 21-day lockdown imposed across India due to the coronavirus crisis.

"It was also a big thing, winning the World Cup for India, but here we have to save the nation. And even if I am playing a small part in this, then it is huge."

The ICC labelled Joginder a "real world hero" while releasing a picture depicting him donning his khaki police uniform.

Joginder did not have a long career with the Indian side at the highest level and could manage to play only four ODIs and as many T20Is.

He stated he was now incorporating cricket's spirit of teamwork and discipline to tackle the existing uncertainty.

"It was the nature of my sport, which is a team game and players work together to make things happen. So now we have to help each other and the biggest help will be to stay inside our homes," he said.

"This is the only way to fight coronavirus. Feed the hungry, help the poor. Say no to social gatherings, go out just for getting essentials, but maintain social distance."

"People know me and recognise me and that helps putting my point across. But now I am a police officer and this is my duty."