Star of India’s victorious T20 World Cup final in 2007, Joginder Sharma is waging a battle off the field as he tries and do his bit to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Since retiring from professional cricket, Sharma started serving as the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the Haryana Police force, and in these tough challenging times, the 36-year-old is working extensively to help the citizens of the country deal with the global crisis.

In fact, so proud is Sharma that he considers his current assignment bigger than what he achieved 13 years ago at Johannesburg, when he dismissed Misbah Ul Haq to help India win the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.

“Obviously this contribution is much bigger because people are losing their lives,” Sharma told AFP from Hisar in Haryana where he is now a superintendent. “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.”

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. As images of him surfaced on social media, the world body of cricket International Cricket Council (ICC) lauded Sharma by tweeting his image from their official handle. In one photo, Sharma can be seen celebrating with his teammates while in the other he can be seen wearing police uniform and mask.

Sharma, however, did not have a long run in international cricket and soon went back to playing domestic cricket before taking up police service. But even after all these years, it’s the spirit of the game that is keeping him up and running.

“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,” said Sharma.

“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.”