Former Indian cricketer Mohd Kaif who played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs has come out and stated that he is very happy with the happy he played the game.
Making his Test debut for India in 2000 and his ODI debut in 2002, Kaif has played a key hand in many memorable victories for Team India. Kaif was a part of the 2003 World Cup squad which made the finals under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly.
“I am happy the way I played my game. I contributed and created some moments for Indian fans — both overseas as well in India. Happy with the way I finished my career and... it was a nice era when I played,” Kaif said.
“I was playing under some of the best players and they all became the legends... when you have so much of competition in the team, then it’s also difficult for the selectors to make room for younger players like me."
“I was more suited to Test cricket, though I didn’t play much of it. With my technique, I was like Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid... I have watched them a lot.”
“I was never like Yuvraj... I like to spend some time at the crease, but I played 125 ODIs,” said Kaif, who scored 2,753 runs, including two hundreds and 17 half-centuries in the shorter version of the game."
Kaif, who plied his trade for Uttar Pradesh in the domestic circuit, however, shifted base to Andhra and then, to Chhattisgarh during the later stages of his career.
Probed about the reason behind this, Kaif said: “I was looking for new challenges, that’s why I shifted to Andhra and then, I went to Chattisgarh, and they made their debut in Ranji Trophy under my captaincy.”
Kaif is fondly remembered for knock of 87 in the Natwest Final at Lord's in 2002. He along with Yuvraj (69) led India to the much-coveted title which is among India's most celebrated victories of all times.
(Inputs from Sportstar)