Former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif has announced his retirement from all the forms of cricket with immediate effect. Although not a member of the team for almost a decade, Mohammad Kaif has actively played for the states of Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
His announcement came on the same day when he took India to the famous victory in the Natwest Final, sixteen years ago in 2002. He played a match-winning knock of 87 runs not out and helped India chased down the total of 326 runs. Mohammad Kaif has played a total of 13 tests and 125 ODI matches for India.
Mohammad Kaif sent the mail to BCCI president and secretary
As per reports in PTI, former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif has sent the email to the acting president CK Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, formally informing them about his retirement. “I’m writing to you today to announce my retirement from all forms of first-class cricket. 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. 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”, writes Mohammad Kaif.
The former Cricketer also took to Twitter and also thanks everyone for being supportive in his journey. 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 competitive Cricket. Thank you, everyone, 🙏🏼”, writes Mohammad Kaif on Twitter.
Mohammad Kaif may not get the chance to play for India as long as it was expected. But even in the limited duration with Team India, he managed to make a mark and is still considered as one of the hardworking cricketers for the Indian team.
After losing his place in the national team, Mohammad Kaif continued to feature regularly in domestic cricket, with Uttar Pradesh, and in the IPL, with Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Here is the Tweet
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 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/HzKZDWgXBo
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018