July 13, 2002, NatWest series final, millions of Indian cricket fans waiting to lift the trophy but that doesn’t happen that easy. Hope nobody can easily forget the moment that dada took his shirt off in the pavilion of lords ground. One can’t write cricket’s historical moment without this series.
But how India managed to clinch that series is a real drama and a roller coaster ride with plenty of twists and turns.
There is an era where people get off from their television once Sachin Tendulkar gets out, same happen that day. Even there is a legend like Ganguly, Dravid and Shewag still people lose their hope because every legend fails to score runs. Then comes Mohammed Kaif the real hero of the match. He made 124 run partnerships with left-hander Yuvraj Singh and clinches that series by chasing the huge target of 326. That day people know the name Mohammed Kaif and the rise of Indian cricket team.
Mohammed Kaif , “Jonty Rhodes” of India.
There is a hard period were India felt really down and Sourav Ganguly building up his team slowly. Still, dada needs a good fielder for the team. There he finds a young talented boy from Uttar Pradesh who already leads the under 19 team to the world cup and get world cup to the nation.
In his initial career, Mohammed Kaif is not a much-spotlighted cricketer. People know him as a slow batsman but as a great fielder. That young boy is the reason India clinch the Natwest series in lords which became the historic moment in the history of Indian cricket and world cricket.
Now after 16 of years of that history NatWest hero announced his retirement from international cricket today. Might he was not in the lights for the years but still people never forget his name because he already did enough for the country.
An apt day to make this announcement pic.twitter.com/F97vuKaoKA
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018
“When I started playing cricket, the dream was to play in 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 competitive cricket. Thank you, everyone”
he said In his retirement message to fans via Twitter.
We will miss you Kaif.