Former India batsman Mohammed Kaif turned 40 years on Tuesday, December 1 & wishes poured in from the entire sports community on the cricketer’s birthday. “Outstanding fielder Gritty batsman,” wrote the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter.
“3377 international runs 2000 U19 @cricketworldcup winning captain. He also holds the joint-record for the most catches by a fielder in a CWC match — he took four against Sri Lanka in the 2003 edition. Happy birthday to one of India’s finest fielders, @MohammadKaif,” wrote the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Twitter.
“Happy birthday Kaif Bhai @MohammadKaif. Cherishing all our memories of wining Ranji trophy title for UP & all the matches for India. Have a phenomenal day & years ahead,” wrote Kaif’s former India and Uttar Pradesh teammate Suresh Raina.
“Happy birthday kaifu – have the most amazing one buddy @MohammadKaif,” wrote former India cricketer Rohan Gavaskar.
“Here’s to a man who’s as sharp as a coach as he was in the field. Janamdin mubarak ho, @MohammadKaif,” wrote Delhi Capitals, the Indian Premier League (IPL) team where Kaif worked as part of the support staff.
Mohammed Kaif who is a middle order batsman made his International debut in Test Cricket against South Africa in March 2000. He played 13 test matches & 125 ODIs for team India in a career span of more than six years.
Kaif is remembered for his stupendous knocks & catches & one of his memorable knock is 87 runs not out in India’s chase of 326 runs against England in the finals of the tri-series at Lord’s in 2002. Along with Yuvraj Singh (69), Kaif put together 121 runs for the sixth wicket and helped India recover from 146 for 5.
Mohammed Kaif was also a part of India’s squad that made to the final of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Mohammed Kaif has finished his ODI career with 2753 runs at 32.01 with two centuries and 17 half-centuries. He made 624 runs from 13 Tests at 32.84 with one century and three half-centuries.