It was in the year 2006, 29 of November when Mohammad Kaif played his last international match for Indian Cricket Team. Mohammad Kaif announces retirement from all forms of cricket, after 12 years of his last match and exactly 16 years of Natwest series. He was not only known for his acrobatic fielding but also for his brilliant lower order batting.
Mohammad Kaif was the second player to retire from international cricket in 2018 after AB De Villiers.
Mohammad Kaif announces retirement –
Kaif represented Indian Cricket Team in 125 ODIs and 13 Tests. Before Mohammad Kaif announces retirement he posted a quite emotional message for his Indian fans and family members. In the video, Kaif said, “16 years ago, the history in the Natwest Series final was a historic moment in Indian cricket. I was able to contribute to India’s win and I got a lot of love from my countrymen. Thus, July 13 is a perfect day for me to announce retirement from all forms of cricket. People might feel that the retirement happened for me long ago as it has been years since I played cricket for India.
But I continued to play Ranji cricket for Uttar Pradesh. I was also the mentor and for Chhattisgarh. I have been active in domestic cricket for a while. But now the time has come that I thank those who have been a part of this journey with me – my family, my team-mates. When I left home to prepare for cricket at the age of 11, I was hopeful that I will get to wear a cap for India at least once. But by God’s grace, I was privileged to war that cap on 190 occasions. I consider myself lucky. I would like to thank all my fans who have supported me.”
Career Overview :
Batting style: Right handed
Bowling style: Right arm off Break
ODI Debut: 28 January 2002 vs England
Test Debut: 2 March 2000 vs South Africa
Last ODI: 29 November 2006 vs South Africa
Last Test: 30 June 2006 vs West Indies
Personal Life :
Mohammad Kaif was the boy hailing from Uttar Pradesh from the district of Allahabad. He was born on 1 December 1980 in a Muslim family. His father Mohammad Tarif was also a cricket player who played for railways and also for Uttar Pradesh team. Whereas his brother Mohammad Saif played for Madhya Pradesh cricket team.
On 25 March 2011 Mohammad Kaif married to Pooja Yadav, a Noida based journalist. Mohammad Kaif also captained the national ODI team in the 2005/06 Challenger Trophy in the absence of regular captain Rahul Dravid.
Celebrating Moments of his Cricketing Life :
As Mohammad Kaif announces retirement from all the cricketing form. Let us see some of the moment when Kaif played big for Indian Cricket Team.
Natwest Series :
It was in the year 2002 where Dada, Sourav Ganguly waved out his Indian jersey in the cricket mecca at the Lords. Indian people not only remember this series for the Sourav Ganguly incident but for also an Indian cricketer who emerged in this series, he was Mohammad Kaif. Kaif will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 runs from 75 balls of NatWest series final against England in the year 2002. Senior Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who guided India to a remarkable win in Natwest Series final against England in 2002, decided to take his hand up exactly 16 years after he helped Indian team chase down a 325-run total against England.
Finest Fielder :
Apart from being a middle-order batsman, Mohammad Kaif was one of the finest fielders of Indian cricket team. Mohammad Kaif was the main reason who changed the phase of Indian fielding scenario during 2004-2005 with the Indian youngster Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj Singh used to field at the point and Mohammad Kaif at the covers for the opposition batsman it would be difficult to score runs passing these two fielders.
Beyond Cricketing Career :
- In 2014 Mohammad Kaif joined Indian National Congress for the Loksabha election but lost the seat from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh.
- Mohammad Kaif was announced as the assistant coach of Brad Hodge for Gujarat Lions, an IPl team in 2017.
- He was also in the race for head coach of Afghanistan cricket team but lost to Lachand Rajput.
Last Message before Retirement :
Mohammad Kaif on Twitter posted, “When I started playing Cricket, the dream was to play in the India Cap one day. Have been very fortunate to step on to the field & represent my country on 190 days of my life. Today is an apt day for me to announce my retirement from all competitive Cricket. Thank you, everyone.”
When I started playing Cricket,the dream was to play in the India Cap one day.Have been very fortunate to step on to the field & represent my country on 190 days of my life. Today is an apt day for me to announce my retirement from all competetive Cricket. Thank you everyone 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/HzKZDWgXBo
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018
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