India had big players like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, so I and Yuvraj could not play many Tests: Kaif
Every time anyone mentions Mohammad Kaif, almost every Indian cricket fan is reminded of the epic 2002 Natwest Series final against England at Lord’s when Kaif and Yuvraj Singh stitched a match-winning partnership, and helped India chase down the target of 326 from the brink of defeat. Overnight, the duo were hailed as the new heroes of Indian cricket. But with the presence of big batting stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Kaif and Yuvraj could not become regular members of the Test team. In a recent interview, Kaif reflected back on his Test career, and said that he was rushed into the longest format of the game. “The Indian team at that time was full of big players like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag. So I and Yuvraj could not play many Tests, even though Yuvraj got more chances than me,” Kaif, who played 13 Tests for India, told Times of India.