Facts about Mohammad Kaif

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Facts about Mohammad Kaif:

Major Caps:

Mohammad Kaif played for India, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Cricket Team, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, India Red, Leicestershire, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, The Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Political touch:

Mohammad Kaif joined the Indian National Congress and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, but ultimately lost to Keshav Prasad Maurya of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Cricket playing family:

Kaif was not the first person in his family to become a cricketer. His father Mohammad Tarif was also a cricketer from Uttar Pradesh (UP) and represented the provincial team as well as the Railways team. Kaif’s elder brother – Mohammad Saif also played for UP and Madhya Pradesh (MP).

Led India to victory in the Under-19 World Cup 2000:

Kaif was appointed captain of the India Under-19 team in the year 2000. Under his captaincy, India did not lose a single match and won the tournament by defeating Sri Lanka in the final on 28 January 2000 in Colombo.

Start:

He started his career from Green Park Hostel. Since then the right-handed batsman never looked back and he represented India in Tests, ODIs and played domestic cricket for Uttar Pradesh from 1998 to 2014.

International Career:

Kaif was selected in the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He made his Test debut in 2000 against South Africa. He was one of the best fielders of the Indian team at that time along with Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj would be deployed at point and Kaif at cover, and it was a tough task for the opposition to break their defense and get past the pair; The standard of Indian fielding improved significantly when he was on the field.

Source of inspiration:

Kaif was inspired by former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who is known for his wristy and aggressive batting style apart from superb fielding skills. His second hero is Sachin Tendulkar. Interestingly, both were in his debut test. This was Azhar’s last Test and Tendulkar’s last match as captain.

Strength:

He is known to be a very fast runner between the wickets and an excellent fielder at cover. He also has a good track record of hitting the stumps directly from the cover position, remarkable, as only one stump would be completely visible.

Unusual batting grip:

Kaif’s style of holding the bat was very unique. One hand at the very top of the handle and the other at the bottom. Due to this there was a big gap between his two hands. In an interview, he admitted that this was a wrong technique of his and the main reason for this was that he never had the right coach when he was a teenager.

Impressive ODI debut:

Kaif made his One Day International (ODI) debut against England at the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur in 2002, but did not get a chance to bat. In the next match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, Kaif got his chance to bat for the first time when India were chasing 272 runs. He scored a composed 46 runs in that match, however the result was not in India’s favor as they lost the match by 2 runs.

Personal life:

He is married to Pooja Yadav who is a Noida-based journalist. They were married on 25 March 2011 in a very private ceremony. Both met through common friends and dated for 4 years before marriage.

When no one was watching the match at his home:

In 2002, when Kaif was playing the best innings of his life in the NatWest Series final, there was no one in his family to watch the match live as they all went to watch a movie. This was a great surprise for Kaif as her parents did not usually watch films.

Best fielder:

There is no doubt that Kaif was an excellent fielder. He is best known for his stunning run out of Nick Knight in the group match against England at Kingsmead, Durban in the 2003 World Cup. Not only run outs, but he has also taken some excellent catches and was known for his long throws which went straight to the stumps.

Conclusion:

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