|Mohammad Kaif Quick Info
|5 ft 11 in
|Date of Birth
|December 1, 1980
Mohammad Kaif is a former Indian cricketer, commentator, coach, and politician who played Tests and ODIs.
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Mohammad Kaif attended the National Cricket Academy, a cricket facility of the BCCI in Banglore, Karnataka.
Former Cricketer, Commentator, Coach, Politician
- Father – Mohammad Tarif Ansari (Cricketer, Played for the Railways cricket team and the Uttar Pradesh cricket team)
- Mother – Kaisar Jahan
- Siblings – Mohammad Saif (Older Brother) (Cricketer who played for Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket and played Youth cricket for India Under-19 cricket team)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mohammad Kaif has dated –
- Pooja Yadav (2011-Present) – He married a Noida-based journalist Pooja Yadav in 2011 and they have 2 children – a son named Kabir and a daughter named Eva.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
Excellent fielding skills
Mohammad Kaif was cast in a TV commercial named “Oye Bubbly” for Pepsi Cola in 2005.
Mohammad Kaif Facts
- He was born and raised in a middle-class family.
- He commenced his career at Green Park Hostel, Kanpur.
- He served as the captain of both Central Zone and Uttar Pradesh.
- In 2000, Mohammad Kaif made his Test debut against South Africa in Bangalore. He was also selected in the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
- He gained immense popularity as he helped India chase down 326 with 87* (off 75 balls) in the 2002 NatWest Series Final. For this feat, he won his first Man of the Match award.
- He set the record for the most catches by a fielder in a World Cup match – 4, against Sri Lanka in the 2003 World Cup at Johannesburg on March 10, 2003.
- Mohammad Kaif gave an incredible performance in the series against Bangladesh in late 2004 and was named Man of the Series for his consistency in all three ODIs.
- He was 20 years old when he earned himself a Test cap against South Africa. However, he was soon dropped from the national side because of some ordinary performances.
- He then made a comeback to the Test side against Australia in 2004 and scored 2 half-centuries.
- As of July 2005, Mohammad Kaif was one of the very few cricketers from Uttar Pradesh state to have represented India on an international level. Later, things evolved around the year 2009 as the Indian team then consisted of many players from Uttar Pradesh with as many as three regulars, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, and Rudra Pratap Singh in the ODI team.
- During the absence of regular captain Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Kaif served as the captain of the national ODI team in the 2005/06 Challenger Trophy.
- He replaced the injured Yuvraj Singh on the Test team for the First Test against England in Nagpur in 2006. Although he performed well, he was omitted for the following match when Yuvraj had recovered his fitness.
- Along with Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif has been credited as one of the best fielders in the world of cricket.
- Kings XI Punjab bought him for US$250,000 to play for the team in the 2010 Indian Premier League.
- After joining the Indian National Congress, he went on to contest the 2014 Loksabha election from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh. However, he lost to Keshav Prasad Maurya of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
- He was named as the assistant coach of Brad Hodge by Gujarat Lions for the 2017 Indian Premier League in February 2017.
- On July 13, 2018, Mohammad Kaif retired from all forms of cricket.
- He served as the assistant coach for Delhi Capitals for the 2019 Indian Premier League as well as the 2020 Indian Premier League.
Featured Image by Mohammad Kaif / Instagram