Yuvraj Singh very proud to have played alongside Mohammad Kaif
Kaif announced his retirement from professional cricket yesterday.
Updated - Jul 14, 2018 6:42 pm
Mohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket on the 16th anniversary of the win that made him a household name in India. He played the best cricket of his career against England in the final of the NatWest series 2002 at Lord’s. Kaif along with Yuvraj Singh batted against the tide and ensured their team chased down an improbable looking 325.
He said that it made sense for him to call it time on this very day. “It made sense to do so on July 13. Each of our professional lives are defined by one moment more than any other, 16 years ago today, July 13, 2002 was that moment for me… It seems apt to bid goodbye on this day,” Kaif said in a letter to the BCCI.
The 37-year-old featured in 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for the Indian cricket team, however, one knock no fan can forget is the 87 he scored on July 13, 2002, against the English. It won them the series and also gave Sourav Gangly the opportunity to wave his T-shirt from the Lord’s balcony.
“…Despite the other moments, July 13, 2002 was different…With Viru (Virender Sehwag), Sachin Paaji, Dada (Sourav Ganguly), and Rahul (Dravid) back in the pavilion, 326 seemed impossible,” Kaif recalled.
“My own family, by the way, decided not to watch, went off to see a movie and missed the rest of the game. However, no one told Yuvraj and me that we were expected to lose. So we expected to win,” he said.
“Our 121-run stand, and the win, coming 19 years after India’s 1983 World Cup win, also at Lord’s was incredibly special. It’s pretty amazing to be part of a magical win.”
His best mate from the Indian team and fielding partner Yuvraj congratulated him on a career he should be proud of and wrote- “Well done kaifi U shd be proud of ur efforts & commitments u showed in ur career. One of the best finisher & fielder Indian cricket produced after me tho very proud to hav played along side u specially the NatWest’02 finals whc a true Indian fan dearly cherishes”
Well done kaifi U shd be proud of ur efforts & commitments u showed in ur career. One of the best finisher & fielder Indian cricket produced after me tho 😄 very proud to hav played along side u specially the NatWest’02 finals whc a true Indian fan dearly cherishes @MohammadKaif
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 14, 2018