Mohammad Kaif is a former Indian International cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm leg breaker.
Kaif is from the home town of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He started playing cricket at an early age and the best fielder plus solid batsman.
Kaif began playing cricket at a young age and joined in the Green Park Cricket Hostel. After a few years of hard work in cricket, he got a chance to play in the under-19 team. Kaif showed a blasting performance in many of the U-19 matches which earned him a position in the national team.
Mohammad Kaif played the first Test debut match on March 2000 against South African team. In the first game, Kaif scored only 12 runs in first innings and 23 runs in second innings. In later matches, Kaif raised himself to be an excellent batsman and fielder.
Kaif later played the first debut ODI game on January 2002 against England although he didn’t have the chance to bat. But in the next subsequent match, he scored 46 runs from 64 balls and 20 runs in final ODI. The score was not very impressive, but Kaif proved the batting performance after a few matches.
Kaif well recognized after the NatWest Series in 2002. In finals against England, he scored the 87 runs from 75 deliveries which helped India to chase down the 326 runs. Also, Kaif got his first man of the match award. In most of the subsequent matches, Kaif very well supported the team in winning the games.
In the later events, Kaif showed consistency in batting as well as performing fielder. Also, in 2003 world cup Kaif has the record of most number catches by a fielder.
Kaif eliminated from the test cricket Due to some non-consistent performance. Mohammad Kaif has played 13 test games in which he secured 624 runs, one century, three half-centuries and has a high score of about 148 runs.
Also, Kaif has played 125 ODI and scored 2753 runs, two centuries, 17 half-centuries. The best high score of Kaif in ODI is 111 runs.
Not only in the international games, but Kaif also performed well in domestics like IPL. In 2008, Kaif played for the Rajasthan Royals team and assisted the team in winning the finals against CSK.
In next seasons, Kaif also played for the Kings XI Punjab in 2010 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011.
Kaif announced his retirement in forms of cricket on 13 July 2018.