Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif has announced his retirement from all forms of the competitive cricket, with immediate effect. Interestingly, Kaif has decided to hang his boots on the same day he guided India to a thumping win in the Natwest Final.
On the same day, exactly 16 years ago, on 13 July 2002, Kaif had taken India to the emphatic victory against the Three Lions at the Iconic Lord’s.
Kaif’s knock of 87 runs in the Natwest Final against England was one of his best knocks. Kaif stitched an outstanding partnership with Yuvraj Singh to take India over the line.
Meanwhile, Kaif played 125 One Day Internationals for the Men in Blue. Kaif scored 2,753 runs in the 50-overs format. The right-hander averaged 32.05 during his One-Day career.
On the other hand, Kaif featured in only 13 Test matches for the Indian team. The right-hander Kaif scored two centuries in the 50-over format while he scored a solitary century in his red ball career.
Kaif also played 29 Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in his career.
Furthermore, Kaif was a live wire on the field. He had taken some outstanding catches for the Indian team. Most importantly, he always gave his 100 percent on the field.
Meanwhile, Kaif last represented India in 2006 against South African at Port Elizabeth. In fact, he also made his Test debut against South Africa. However, he played his last Ranji season for Uttar Pradesh in the 2017 season.
Thus, Kaif played competitive cricket for a long time. In fact, we have seen him analyzing the game for broadcasting giant Star Sports. He also gave his insight as a commentator for the various broadcasters.
Kaif took to Twitter to share the news. His post read as, “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”. ??
Also, the statement revealed by Kaif in which he has expressed his gratitude to all the people who have been part of his cricketing journey.
Here is a latest post from Mohammad Kaif: