Twitterati laud Mohammad Kaif on a successful career

Twitterati laud Mohammad Kaif on a successful career

Kaif played international cricket from 2000-06.

Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif retired from competitive cricket on July 13, 2018. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mohammad Kaif chose a memorable day to call it time on his professional career. The day that brought him in the limelight July 13, the day NatWest Trophy 2002 final was played at the home of cricket Lord’s. Kaif was the chief architect in the Indian team’s historic victory against England chasing a record target of 325. He along with Yuvraj Singh changed the course of the match from a point where it was coming hard at India.

The cricketer who was known for his fielding and on-field partnership with Yuvraj last played an international match in 2006 and since then has been playing first-class cricket. In order to let youngsters take up the spot, he moved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2014-15 and represented Andhra for the next couple of seasons. He then switched to lead Ranji Trophy debutants Chhattisgarh in the 2016-17 season. He was with the team last season as well but more as a mentor than a player.

“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,” Kaif wrote in a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“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,” he added.

The 37-year-old played 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for the Indian team along with 186 first-class and 269 List A matches. Kaif has already taken up roles as a commentator and was the assistant coach of the Gujrat Lions franchise in IPL 2016 and 2017. He now wants to focus on his career as a Hindi commentator and explore possibilities of landing a coaching responsibility with a domestic side.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Kaif’s retirement decision: