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This former Indian Player expresses his interest to become Team India fielding coach

Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif has expressed his interest in coaching team India. The 36 year-old batsman from Uttar Pradesh said it would be wonderful for him to contribute in that capacity.

A fan asked on Twitter whether he would like to take up role of India”s fielding coach. Mohammad Kaif said “It would be wonderful to contribute in that capacity!”

India”s current fielding coach is R Sridhar, who has spent time with the team since 2015 after earlier fielding coach Trevor Penny”s contract was ended prematurely. Mohammad Kaif has been involved with the Gujarat Lions franchise since in IPL as their fielding consultant.

Mohammad Kaif played 13 tests and 125 ODIs for India from 2000 to 2006. During his heydays, he was India”s best fielder. In an era when fielding standards in Indian Cricket were quite low, he along with Yuvraj Singh formed an impeccable duo in covers whose arm opposition never dared to take on.

In his career Mohammad Kaif bagged 69 catches, 14 in tests and 55 in ODIS. He was never a prolific run scorer, but got runs when it mattered the most for India. His averages of 33 in tests and 32 in ODIs is evidence of this fact.

Mohammad Kaif last played for India in November 2006 at the age 26, a career that was ended because of his inability to cope up with the competition in middle order when youngsters like Robin Uthappa, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma started coming in. He may not be regarded as legend of Indian cricket but will be remembered for his heroics in covers.

– by Atharva Apte