During his heydays, Mohammad Kaif has emerged as one of the many promising batsmen that India had produced during the late 1990s and the early 2000s. Along with Yuvraj Singh, Kaif had built many significant and match-winning partnerships for India in the middle-order. Not only this, but Kaif proved himself as one of the few athletic fielders India ever-produced during that time.
However, his poor form has cut short his career.
Like many past and present cricketers, the retired cricketer made his way to the Indian team through the Under-19 World Cup side and the former Indian batsman shared a picture of his World Cup triumph which came in 2000.
The 39-year old served as the Indian captain in the U-19 World Cup two decades ago at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Back on 28th of January 2000 India locked horns against the sub-continent rivals and hosts Sri Lanka to lift their first of the four titles.
India skittled out Sri Lanka for a meagre 178 runs with Jehan Mubarak top-scoring for the Lankans with 58. For India, Shalabh Srivastava snared three wickets.
In pursuit of 179, India found itself in a spot of bother at 94-3. Skipper Kaif went back to the pavilion for only 18 while Yuvraj managed just 27.
However, Reetinder Sodhi and Niraj Patel steered the team over the finish line with 56 balls to spare. Sodhi and Patel stayed unbeaten on 39 and 34 respectively.
A left-handed batsman and all-rounder Yuvraj received the Player of the Tournament award.
Mohammad Kaif wishes India Under-19 good luck ahead of their clash against Australia:
The Uttar Pradesh batsman took to his Twitter handle by posting a picture of his teammates celebrate with the trophy and conceded that to this day, it feels like an absolute privilege to captain the Indian team to a victory.
India, lead by Priyam Garg, who are taking part in the ongoing U-19 World Cup, will take on Australia in the quarter-finals later today. The right-handed batsman wished them good luck in defending their title.
India are currently the table-toppers in Group A while Australia are placed the second position in Group B.
Mohammad Kaif celebrates India Under-19 World Cup 2000 victory:
“Wow! Been 20 years to this day, when we won the Under-19 World Cup for the first time ever. Was a privilege and an honour to captain a wonderful side filled with many match-winners. Wishing the India Under-19 team all the very best to go all the way and defend their title,” Kaif wrote on his Twitter handle.
Wow! Been 20 years to this day, when we won the Under-19 World Cup for the first time ever.
Was a privilege and an honour to captain a wonderful side filled with many match-winners.
Wishing the India Under-19 team all the very best to go all the way and defend their title. pic.twitter.com/kSQ7rSLxj8
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2020