Sourav Ganguly waving his jersey at the historic Lord’s Cricket Stadium and Yuvraj Singh-Mohammad Kaif historic partnership in the Natwest Trophy final in 2003 will always be etched in the heart of the Indian cricket lovers. The infamous victory changed the face of Indian cricket forever.
Chasing 326, the Sourav Ganguly-led side were 146 for five at one stage when the pair joined hands and from there to forge a brilliant partnership. Kaif remained unbeaten on 87 to take India home with Zaheer Khan at the other end but Yuvraj got out in the 42nd over on 69, with India still needing 59 for victory and four wickets in hand.
The match had all the fans on the edge of their seats as the game went down to the wire. The players in the middle had their own share of emotions during that final and recently Mohammad Kaif shared his feelings during an Instagram Live with his favourite teammate Yuvraj Singh.
“When you (Yuvraj) got out, I thought the match is gone. I did not think we will win,” Kaif said in an Instagram Live chat with Yuvraj. “I was set, you were there. So I believed if we played till the end India win will. But you got out and India lost hope and my heart broke,” Kaif added.
Known for injecting different fielding standards among the Indian team, Mohammad Kaif said he worked on his fielding as he wanted to stand out in one of the departments. Kaif is currently working with the Delhi Capitals franchise in the Indian Premier League apart from different commentary stints.
“I always wanted to be different and I wanted to focus on fielding. I worked really hard on my fielding,” Kaif concluded.