New Delhi, After a long gap of 12-years, when he last played for India, former Indian Cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
”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”, he tweeted.
The 37-year-old Kaif, who played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord’s during the epic Natwest Trophy final in 2002.
Kaif in a letter addressed to president CK Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said, “I’m calling it a day and announcing my retirement from all first-class cricket. It made sense to do so on July 13.
Each of our professional lives is defined by one moment more than any other, 16 years ago today, July 13 2002, was that moment for me, at the NatWest Series Final at Lord’s. It seems apt to bid goodbye on this day”.
For the five years he was an India regular player, it was his electric reflexes inside the 30 yard circle, which made him special.
He was considered as one the fittest player in Indian team, with a batting average of 32 in 125 ODIs.He finished with 7581 first class runs with 15 hundreds across 129 matches. Kaif is already a cricket analyst and a respected hindi commentator.
Kaif will always be remembered as one of the finest fielders on filed.