I didn’t Get a Lot of Chances due to India’s Strong Middle Order – Mohammad Kaif
Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif said he didn’t receive a lot of chances due to India’s strong middle order. India had a potent batting line-up which constituted Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Thus, it was difficult for Kaif to cement his place in the Test side. click Hare to know best fielder in cricket
As a result, Kaif played only 13 Test matches in his career. However, the former Uttar Pradesh player doesn’t hold regrets. In fact, Kaif had a better ODI career as he played 125 matches. He was a live-wire on the field and took Indian fielding to new heights. Kaif said while talking to Rediff.com.
Kaif said he delivered more quality than quantity.
“That was one of the reasons I never had a long Test career. I made my debut in 2000 against South Africa and played for six years after that, but I only managed 13 Tests during that time. I was dropped a few times and scored 91 in one match but was dropped for the next game. In fact, I scored a century in my last Test series, 148 not out against the West Indies in 2006, but I was not selected for the next series. That is because I played in an era where we had so many good players — Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly. Even Yuvraj Singh played a few games in between. So I didn’t get the chances. I had no choice, but to wait for my turn”.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Kaif is well known for his blistering knock of 87 runs in the Natwest Final against England. India had their backs against the wall with 146 for the loss of five wickets. However, Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were able to rescue India out of troubled waters.
Kaif has no regrets.
However, Kaif believes his career had more quality as compared to quantity as he was able to redefine Indian fielding. Thus, Kaif is satisfied with his career and has no regrets.
Kaif added, “I would say I am happy with my career overall and I have no regrets. You can say my career had more quality than quantity. It’s like sometimes you go to a top restaurant and order a dish, the food quantity might be less, but if the quality and taste is good, then it leaves a mark forever. As far as my career is concerned, I think I delivered quality. I could field well and save runs, and I scored runs whenever needed. I was able to create some good memories in the minds of Indian fans and that is more satisfying for me because whenever I go to places like an airport, people meet me and tell me ‘You are a great fielder.'”
Mohammad Kaif recently called it a day from all forms of the game. Kaif scored 2753 runs in the 125 ODIs he played for the Men in Blue.
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