Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said his former teammate Mohammad Kaif was one of the best fielders produced by India. In fact, Kaif was known for his electric work on the field.
Kaif was a livewire on the field and he played a significant role in the fielding department. Consequently, he was able to take some great catches for the Indian team during his heydays.
Mohammad Kaif was electrifying on the field:
Meanwhile, Kaif decided to pull down the curtain on his long career on July 13, 2018. Interestingly, Kaif took the crucial decision on the same day he guided India to a thumping win in the NatWest series grand finale way back in 2002.
Meanwhile, Kaif and Harbhajan shared great bonhomie between themselves. Subsequently, both of them played together in the Indian team for a long time.
“He gave his 100 per cent in whatever he did. Be it batting, bowling or fielding. He was the one who worked extremely hard on his fielding and he was the best we had,” Harbhajan said while talking to Sportstar.
Harbhajan added that Kaif was India’s best fielder after Mohammad Azharuddin. “Kaif took the lead on the field. He was the best after Mohammad Azharuddin when it came to fielding,” Harbhajan added.
The Turbanator also recalled the time when he first met Kaif at the Under-16 event. Bhajji added that he had wished him all the best when he had scored some 70-80 runs against him.
Kaif could have played more, says Bhajji.
“I met him for the first time in Lucknow during a U-16 match where he scored some 70-80 runs. I wish him a much better life,” he says.
Harbhajan also said that Kaif could have played more for the national team.
However, the off-spinner believes that Kaif made the most of his opportunities that came his way during his career.
“It is all about the right opportunities. I agree that he could have played a bit more cricket for India, but he made the most of what came his way. He was a committed cricketer. But yes, Thoda Aur Khel Sakta Tha Woh (he could have played a bit longer),” Harbhajan says.
Kaif’s knock of 87 in the Natwest final had shot him to the limelight. Therefore, he decided to go out on the same day for which he is most remembered.
Concluding, Harbhajan Singh said that Kaif was born as a cricketer on 13 July 2002.
“He must have thought of his decision (to quit on this day). That was his best innings. To be honest, as a cricketer, he was born on this day. It was that innings of 87 that got him noticed, people started talking about him. And now, he has decided to go out on this day,” Harbhajan says.