Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly congratulated his former teammate Mohammad Kaif as the latter decided to bid adieu to competitive cricket on June 13 exactly 16 years after his heroics in the NatWest Trophy final at Lord’s.

Meanwhile, Kaif scored a heroic 87 – to guide India home from being at a precarious situation (146 for five) at one stage while chasing a mammoth target of 326.

In 13 Tests that he played for India, Kaif scored 624 runs averaging 32.84. In 125 One-day International fixtures, the right-handed batsman notched up 2,753 runs at an average of 32.01.

However, unfortunately, Kaif last featured in an international game at the age of 26.

The cricketer from Uttar Pradesh also played 186 First-class matches scoring 10,229 runs. He has also led the team for a couple of years and was its star performer. He was also the part of the Ranji Trophy winning team in 2005-06.

Furthermore, he was responsible to change the concept of fielding in the scenario of Indian cricket. He was arguably the best fielder for India before this young generation took over.

Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh
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Sourav Ganguly congratulates Kaif:

Kaif made his debut under former skipper Ganguly and enjoyed a good rapport with him.

Furthermore, he played all his cricket under his leadership and has always shown his love for the former skipper who’s fondly known as ‘Dada’.

Ganguly wrote that he enjoyed all his cricket he played with the cricketer and wishes him very best for the years to come.

Love u Kaifu…. loved every minute I played with u .. life will even be better after retirement,” the tweet read.

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