Almost 12 years after playing the last match for India way back in 2006.Mohammed Kaif announced his retirement from competitive cricket.He aptly chose 13th July for it exactly 16 years after guiding India to a glorious triumph over England in the Historic 2002 Natwest Series Final.Kaif was one of the fittest member of the Indian side and was exceptional with his fielding abilities. He gave many performances that will be etched in Indian cricket fans memories but the one that stands out is his match winning knock of 87 runs in the final of natwest triangular series. But there are a few other things that kaif did in his career that is not known to many.Lets have a look at a few of those facts.
1.Mohammed Kaif played in the first ever Under 15 World Cup also Known as Lombard Under – 15 Challenge Cup in 1996 which India won defeating arch rivals Pakistan in the Finals.
2.Mohammed Kaif Captained India to its First ever Under-19 world cup Victory in 2000. It is interesting to note that Yuvraj singh was also a member of that side.The duo later formed a formidable fielding unit in the cover region and played many match winning knocks together for India.
3.Mohammed kaif holds the record for most number of catches by a fielder in a world cup match.He took 4 catches in the match against Sri Lanka in 2003 World Cup.Later on in 2015 this record was equaled by Soumya Sarkar and Umar Akmal.
4.Mohammed Kaif led Uttar Pradesh to its Maiden Ranji Trophy title in 2005-2006 Season.Uttar Pradesh defeated Bengal in the finals.Uttar Pradesh has not been able to win a Ranji trophy title Since then.Piyush Chawla,Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar were the players of that victorious side that went on to represent India later on.
5.Mohammed Kaif last played first class cricket for Chattisgarh.He contested 2014 Lok Sabha election from phulpur and lost to now Uttar Pradesh deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Kaif now does commentary and is an established cricket analyst.Kaif’s contribution to Indian Cricket will always be remembered.