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Mohammad Kaif

01 January, 1970

An elegant batsman who evokes memories of the young Azharuddin, Mohammad Kaif comes from the cricketing backwater of Uttar Pradesh.

Full name: Mohammad Kaif
Born :December 1, 1980, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Current age: 25 years 316 days
Major teams :India, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Uttar Pradesh
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   13   22   3   624   148*   32.84   1548   40.31   1   3   64   2   14   0
ODIs   121   106   24   2695   111*   32.86   3721   72.42   2   17   222   9   54   0
First-class   77   125   15   4397   148*   39.97         7   27         54   0
List A   193   177   33   5512   131*   38.27         4   43         88   0
Twenty20   5   5   1   75   53   18.75   71   105.63   0   1         2   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   13   18   4   0   -   -   -   1.33   -   0   0   0
ODIs   121   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
First-class   77   1166   524   17   3/4      30.82   2.69   68.58      0   0
List A   193   803   708   26   4/23   4/23   27.23   5.29   30.88   2   0   0
Twenty20   5   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  India v South Africa at Bangalore - Mar 2-6, 2000 scorecard
Last Test  West Indies v India at Kingston - Jun 30-Jul 2, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  India v England at Kanpur - Jan 28, 2002 scorecard
Last ODI  Australia v India at Kuala Lumpur - Sep 22, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1997/98 - 2006
List A span  1998/99 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003

 Profile

He first came to prominence with his performances for India's Under-19s: he captained the side, which also included Yuvraj Singh, Ajay Ratra and Reetinder Sodhi, that won the Youth World Cup of 2000. Kaif's assured strokeplay, and composure that belied his age, earned him a Test cap against South Africa when he was only 20. Though the selectors subsequently discarded him, stints at the Australian Cricket Academy and its Indian equivalent in Bangalore helped to iron out some of the kinks in his technique. Recalled to the one-day side during the 2001-2002 home season, he made an impact with some steady and purposeful batting. But it was during the 2002 NatWest series in England that he truly hit the high notes, culminating in a magnificent unbeaten 87 as India successfully chased 326 for victory in the final. A superb century followed - against Zimbabwe in the ICC Champions Trophy - but he struggled at times to kick on after that, having a fairly quiet World Cup. His first experience of the county circuit was also a mixed bag, some typically dynamic efforts interspersed by a string of low scores. Kaif's exceptional fielding at cover often overshadowed his poor scores with the bat - including a horror run in 2005-06 - but even that hasn't been enough to win him a permanent place in the Test side.


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