New Delhi: Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.
Kaif, 37, announced his retirement almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team in which he stood out as much for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective middle-order batting.
Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at Lord’s during the epic Natwest Trophy final in 2002.
“I’m writing to you today to announce my retirement from all forms of first-class cricket,” Kaif intimated acting BCCI president CK Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary in an email.
“When I started playing Cricket,the dream was to play in the India Cap one day.Have been very fortunate to step on to the field & represent my country on 190 days of my life. Today is an apt day for me to announce my retirement from all competetive Cricket. Thank you everyone,” Kaif tweeted.
He chose to retire on 13th July especially given the fact that this particular date has a great significance in his career. On this very day, 16 years ago, he came into the limelight with a stunning match-winning knock n the final of the Natwest Trophy at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s.
Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar hailed Kaif for choosing the perfect day to call it quits and wrote, “You’ve chosen the best day to announce your retirement, @MohammadKaif. Those memories are still fresh in our minds. May Lord bless you with more and more success, just like the one at Lord’s back in 2002. My best wishes to you always.”
Thank you @sachin_rt Paaji. Has been a privilege playing for the country and the guidance, motivation, intensity and passion that I learnt from you will stay with me forever 🙏🏻 https://t.co/wGgdlLUvaG
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018