Birthday Special: Mohammad kaif's innings in Natwest is unfogetabble
Birthday Special:  Mohammad kaif's innings in Natwest is unfogetabble

Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif is celebrating his 39th birthday today. Mohammad Kaif, who made a place in the team under the captaincy of Saurabh Ganguly, is known for his fielding. With this, he has been a great batsman of the middle order. Kaif played the last match for the Indian team about 12 years ago. He played 13 Tests, 125 ODIs for India.

In the 2003 World Cup, Kaif played a great role with fielding and his batting for India. The Indian team was runner-up in this World Cup. But Kaif's most brilliant innings came in the final of the NatWest Series against England at Lord's ground in 2002, when he gave Team India the title win. is. On 13 July 2002, India were playing the final match of the NatWest Trophy and were challenged by hosts England for 326 runs. Team India Sehwag Ganguly's pair gave a good start and made a century partnership for the opening wicket.

But as soon as Captain Ganguly (60) was out, the team's score was 106 runs. After this, half the Indian team returned to the pavilion within the next 40 runs (146/5). After Saurabh Ganguly, Sehwag (45), Dinesh Mongia (9), Rahul Dravid (5) and Sachin Tendulkar (14) returned to the pavilion. Now Team India had only 2 batsmen left and after them only Boller was left in the Indian camp. From here, Team India needed 180 runs in 26 overs. Both Yuvi and Kaif were young players back then and no one expected India to win the match. But Kaif joined hands with Yuvraj from here and a 123-run partnership for the sixth wicket has been formed. Yuvraj Singh (69) was dismissed on a score of 267. India still needed 59 runs from 52 balls from here. Kaif continued to play great games and together with Harbhajan Singh brought India closer to the target. Even when Bhajji was dismissed, India were 12 runs away from victory and 15 balls were left. Meanwhile, Anil Kumble returned to the pavilion without opening an account.

But Kaif did not lose courage and together with Zaheer Khan (4 *) gave India the victory with 3 balls to spare. Kaif, who scored 87 * runs in 75 balls, hit 6 fours and 2 sixes. He was named Man of the Match for this match-winning knock. Talking about Kaif's entire international career, he scored 2753 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 32. At the same time, he has averaged 32 in 125 ODIs.

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