Kaif was the hero of India during the 2002 Natwest Trophy final.
Arguably one of the greatest Indian fielders to grace the game, Mohammad Kaif retired from all forms of cricket with an immediate effect on Friday (July 13).
The former Indian cricketer Kaif announced his retirement through an emotional note on his official Twitter handle. In a letter dedicated to his teammates, fans, and well-wishers, he conveyed a heartfelt message to all of them.
Kaif obviously became quite emotional while recalling the days he spent with the Indian and his domestic teammates during his playing days.
The discarded batter opted to retire on 13th July because of a special reason. On this very day, Kaif made headlines during the NatWest Trophy final in 2002. He smashed a terrific unbeaten 87 which helped India to win the match by two wickets in the end.
The Allahabad-based cricketer played a brilliant knock and shared a sensational partnership with Yuvraj Singh. India was chasing a huge target of 326 and was staring down the barrel at 146 for five.
None of the experienced players were able to provide the much-needed impetus. Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag did get India to a solid start but five wickets in quick succession reduced India to 146 for five.
However, Kaif and Yuvraj Singh played some exceptional shots during the brilliant partnership which eventually handed India a sensational victory.
Kaif’s career at a glance:
Kaif went on to represent India in 125 ODI’s. He played quite a few memorable knocks and was a brilliant fielder during his heydays. He also played a few Tests for his nation but couldn’t ever justify his position in the longest format.
The right-handed batsman Mohammad Kaif was the captain of Uttar Pradesh in several Ranji Trophy matches. He was the first captain to lead Uttar Pradesh to a Ranji Trophy title.
“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,” Kaif wrote on his Twitter handle.
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 competetive Cricket. Thank you everyone 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/HzKZDWgXBo
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018