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Mohammad Kaif Announces His Official Retirement After 12 Years

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| July 13 , 2018 , 18:23 IST

Mohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket on Friday, almost 12 years after he last represented the Indian team, in which he was at lower order batting and high-class fielding.

Mohammad Kaif wrote an e-mail to intimate acting president C.K. Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, and said, “I'm writing to you today to announce my retirement from all forms of first-class cricket."

Kaif debuted for India in a Test against South Africa in 2000, debuting in ODIs a couple of years later, against England at Kanpur. His finest moment for India came months after his ODI debut when he scored a match-winning 87 against England to clinch the Natwest Trophy for India  

The 37-year-old Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India, with a batting average of 32 in 125 ODIs, in which he scored only two hundreds. In his 13 Test appearances, Kaif scored 2,753 runs at an average of 32.01, including two hundreds and 17 half-centuries.

As far as his First-class career is concerned, Kaif finished with 7581 runs with 15 hundreds across 129 matches.

He also played 29 games in the IPL, but his last appearance was way back in 2012.

Kaif was a part of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final in South Africa. Along with Yuvraj Singh, Kaif was among the stars to emerge from the U-19 India stable after leading the Colts to a maiden Junior World Cup triumph in 2000.