Must be available 24/7, I can't say no: DSP Joginder Sharma

NEW DELHI: Joginder Sharma , who was one of the heroes of India's world victory in T20 2007, is currently serving the country in another capacity amid the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now a deputy superintendent of police at Hisar District From Haryana, Joginder ensures that people remain indoors and adhere to government guidelines during the ongoing 21-day shutdown in the midst of the coronavirus an outbreak that has claimed around 200 lives so far in the country.

And to fulfill your duties, you must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

My day starts around six in the morning. Today I started at 9 a.m. And now I'm going home (8 p.m.). But I need to be ready for emergency calls, so I am indeed available for 24-hour service, and I can't say no, Joginder told ESPNcricinfo on Friday disclosing details of his routine in contemporary times.

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While people have been advised to stay indoors and practice social distancing, Joginder says the police should allow people to buy the essentials. Of course, if people are going to look for essential household supplies like groceries or there is a medical emergency, we allow them to wear protective gear such as masks while maintaining social distancing, and to abide by the guidelines established by the government.

Speaking about the challenges he faces while performing his duties as a police officer, he recalled the time when he had to explain to a group of migrants that there were no vehicles available due to the blockade.

Personally, once I got scared it was when some groups of migrants were desperate to go home to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, even though the modes of transportation were not working due to the national closure. My team and I had to stop them and explain the situation to them. Eventually they were transferred to makeshift shelters. Although we were using megaphones, some interactions had to be individual. It was difficult, he said.

When he comes into contact with many people, Joginder does not go home after his hours of service to avoid any risk.

Although I live in Rohtak, which is only 110 km from Hisar, about an hour and a half by road, I have decided not to go home.

I don't want to risk it because I'm in contact with people all day and I don't want to go home and put my family at risk, he said.

The former pacemaker half had a short international career of four ODIs and four T20Is, but was immortalized when he took the wicket from Misbah-ul-Haq , who looked ready to win the match for Pakistan, and won India the inaugural World T20 title. He played 77 games in his first class career collecting 297 wickets.