Rahul Sharma, a leg-spinner, has decided to stop playing in all forms of the game to compete in the second Road Safety World Series. Sachin Tendulkar, the tournament’s brand ambassador, allowed Sharma to play for India Legends, and Sharma accepted. Sharma now has two occasions to express gratitude to Tendulkar.

The first time happened in 2011 when the lanky spinner outplayed Tendulkar in an IPL match and captured the cricketing world’s attention. Even Anil Kumble, India’s most successful leg-spinner, was compared to his bowling technique, which helped him get a spot on the Indian squad.

But due to facial nerve malfunction and injury issues, the Punjabi guy quickly became disoriented. In 2014, he participated in his last IPL and first-class match. He repeatedly attempted to make his way back but was unsuccessful. Last year, he also had a personal blow when he lost his father to complications after a COVID. Sharma had told Tendulkar about his financial situation at that time.

“I had suffered several injuries at pivotal points in my career, which had left me despondent for years. At the National Cricket Academy, I received training and recuperation assistance. But opportunities never came freely. Tendulkar allowed me to participate in the Road Safety World Series after remembering how strongly I wanted to play competitive cricket once again. The 35-year-old Sharma has decided to begin his second inning with this league. Sharma sought the help of psychologist Mugdha Bhavare during his challenging times after hearing from Ramesh Powar, coach of the Indian women’s team.