Former Indian batsman Mohammed Kaif celebrates his 39th birthday on Sunday. Born on December 1, 1980, Kaif has played some terrific knocks and has guided his national side to numerous victories. His knock of 87 in the 2002 Natwest Series finals is still fresh in minds of many cricket fans. However, the UP-born cricketer was never just about his ability with the bat. Kaif was an acrobat who could change the course of the match with his fielding. Saving crucial runs and taking breathtaking catches was Kaif’s day to day job and will certainly go down as one of the best fielders to have graced the gentlemen’s game. Mohammad Kaif Welcomes Ayodhya Verdict, Says ‘Idea of India Is Much Bigger Than Any Ideology’, Twitter Reacts.
Kaif, who debuted for India on January 2002, went on to play 125 ODIs and 13 Tests. The cricketer had some off and on outings with the bat but one department where Kaif standout in every match was fielding. He along with Yuvraj Singh changed the face of fielding in Indian cricket. Kaif has registered 55 catches in ODIs and 14 grabs in the longest format of the game. Well, numbers can’t really display the magic of those snatches. So, let’s take a look at the times when Kaif which stunned the spectators. Mohammad Kaif Takes a Sneaky Dig at Naseem Shah, Says 'He Is Aging Backwards'.
Is That a Fly? No, It's Kaif!!
Even Lara is Shocked!!
Indian Team is Delighted!!
This Legendary player never drops a single catch, @MohammadKaif one of the best Indian fielder lead India to winning side with his best fielding performance in a World Cup Match. Now he'll be showing those dives again in St Moritz Ice Cricket. Catch him live on 8-9 Feb. pic.twitter.com/eoSSiRgtys
— Ice Cricket (@IceCricketCH) December 23, 2017
Running Backword This Time!!
Most of you would remember @MohammadKaif 's stunning catch in the Karachi ODI in 2004 but do you remember this one he took also Vs Pakistan next year in Kanpur?
This man was simply 👌 back in days when India wasn't one of the best fielding unit in the world. pic.twitter.com/herK6oMaOk
— Mainak (@mainak_sinha19) October 23, 2019
One More Against Sri Lanka!!
Kaif certainly raised the bar of fielding in Indian cricket and since then, the nation has produced many brilliant fielders. Cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina have successfully taken the former's legacy forward and has made a name for them in World cricket. Post-retirement, the player donned the commentators' hat and has given his voice in many matches.