Mohammed Kaif announced retirement from cricket on the 16th anniversary of his Natwest tournament triumph. He announced retirement from all formats of competitive cricket yesterday. On the same day, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif guided India towards the victory in the Natwest tournament at the Lord’s 16 years ago.
He is an outstanding fielder for the country and won the first-ever U19 world cup for India as a captain in 2000. He played 13 tests and 125 ODIs for India. He sounded stern about his decision this time since he is 37 years old. He is one of the members of the side in the World Cup 2003 in which India finished as runners-up.
He won the Ranji Trophy for Uttar Pradesh and captained Chattisgarh and Andhra Ranji teams. He played for Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL in different seasons. He stood as the non-wicketkeeper who picked four catches in a World Cup season. His best performances are, in the Natwest tournament he scored 87 off 75 balls in the final match in 2002 and 111 not out in the game against Zimbabwe in the Champions Trophy.
He slammed 64 and 55 in consecutive tests against Australia and scored a century at Gross Islet against West Indies in 2006 in which India won the series. His average was 57 by then. That is his last performance for India. He is known for troubling the opponents by his exceptional running and fielding skills.
In an email for the BCCI announcing his retirement, he wrote on “I’m writing to you today to announce my retirement from all forms of first-class cricket,”
”I am retiring today as it’s been 16 years since the historic NatWest Trophy win in which I was glad to play my part, and I’d like to remember that as I bow out. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worn the India cap, and to have gone on to play 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for India, and for several other moments.”
His father Tarif and brother Saif played for the Ranji side. This player lost in the Loksabha elections for Indian National Congress from Phulpur, Uttar Pradesh.