Mohammad Kaif

Mohammad Kaif Statistics
Born: 1 December 1980, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 
Major Teams: Uttar Pradesh, Leicestershire, India. 
Known As: Mohammad Kaif 
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break

Immensely gifted, Mohammad Kaif's inclusion in the Indian team against South Africa was widely welcomed. During the last couple of years he has impressed not only with his stylish strokeplay and steely temperament which has seen him perform well under pressure, but also with his agile fielding. As skipper of the victorious Indian under-19 side in the World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000, Kaif also proved himself to be a skillful captain. He came up through the ranks representing the under-19 team against Sri Lanka in 1999 (earning handsome praise from the coach, K Srikkanth) and then playing with much success for the India A team on the tour of West Indies early in 2000. 

But it was his showing in the under-19 World Cup that brought him into national reckoning. This was followed by two superb knocks of 90 and 93 in the Challenger Trophy Series - performances that saw him edge that much closer to the India cap. He did not exactly fail in his only Test against a rampaging South African side. A stint at the National Cricket Academy and a training trip to Australia played a major role in furthering the cricketing education of Kaif. A series of high scores in the domestic circuit followed and this saw him drafted into the Indian one-day side where his useful batting and athletic fielding have made him an indispensable member.(

Test Debut: India v South Africa at Bangalore, 2nd Test, 1999/00 
Latest Test: India v Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC), 3rd Test, 2001 

ODI Debut: India v England at Kanpur, 4th ODI, 2001/02 
Latest ODI: India v Australia at Johannesburg, World Cup, 2002/03 

First-class debut for Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy, 1997-98. 

Represented India in the MTN Under 19 World Cup, South Africa, 1998. 



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