'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

Post by prakme » Tue, 21 Feb 2006 10:56:12


http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060220/asp/sports/story_5870143.asp

Karachi: Mohammed Kaif is crucial to Greg Chappell's plans for
Mission 2007. The Uttar Pradesh batsman has come a long way from being
known for his athletic fielding to a recognized middle-order bat in the
one-dayers. The affable, big-hearted and always jovial Kaif spoke to
The Telegraph on Saturday evening.

The following are excerpts:

Q You are increasingly being branded as a one-day player. Does it
affect you?

A I think I am gradually getting to be an integral part of Team India
in the shorter version of the game. I have done well in the last couple
of months, but there's no guarantee that I will be in the Test squad.
In the last five years, I have played only eight Tests.

Given a choice I would give Test cricket top priority. One would love
to perform consistently in Tests than in one-dayers. I don't want to
be seen as a one-day player. But this is something which is not in my
control.

I have performed in the Tests and at the domestic level whenever the
opportunity has arrived. Uttar Pradesh won the Ranji Trophy this time
under my leadership. You also have to ask the selectors about it... My
goal is just to keep performing. I also realize I'm getting older
everyday.

How do you view Chappell's policy of promoting the youngsters?

It's good... The guys have been performing and that's the key. The
coach and captain do make a difference to the performance of an
individual, but ultimately it is the player who has to go out there and
do it on the field. Their success has been great for the team.

What difference have you seen in the functioning of John Wright and
Chappell?

I don't want to compare them, but the style and functioning of each
and every individual is different. We played the World Cup final under
John and he did a good job.

Greg is gelling well with the team and the guys are also understanding
him. He has been around for eight months now, and the experience has
been good.

Has there been any difference between them as far as preparing for a
match is concerned?

Both have shared their experiences and worked hard with the players.
The ways of two different individuals can never be the same. John did a
good job in his own way. Greg, too, has his own style of functioning
and has been successful.

Did you undertake any special drills to improve your fielding or it
just came naturally?

It all started during the formative years at the Kanpur hostel. We used
to have fun in the rain playing soccer and softball cricket. It takes
time to master the art of diving and throwing one on the field. The
first time you dive you get injured. It's a matter of trying,
falling, getting up and again trying. You should be brave enough to get
the technique right and have the guts to live with the pain. I always
used to enjoy doing it and one day I found it was coming rather
naturally.

Unfortunately in India, fielding is never given much importance at
coaching centres. You take a few catches and pick up and throw a few
balls... That is how it ends for most on a given day. Most of the
emphasis is on batting and bowling at nets. This culture needs to
change.

You always bat at No. 5 or 6. Isn't it a problem to score runs at
that position?

It's tough in the sense that you get less number of overs to bat. But
it's a team game and you should stick to it and perform accordingly.
The team always comes first. I have no complaints for batting lower
down the order.

Your most memorable innings so far?

Quite a few... The century against Zimbabwe in Colombo in the Champions
Trophy in 2002, the match-winning knock in the NatWest final at
Lord's the same year... Our Ranji Trophy win after 72 years will also
remain special.

Do you think you have got your due?

I don't think about those things. I concentrate only on my game. When
the country wins I feel proud, enjoy the moment and relive the memory.
I don't have any long-term goals... In the end, only performance
counts. That keeps me going. It's a great honour and pride to wear
the India colours. For me, there are no regrets... Life goes on.

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Quoting a modest Kaif: I think I am gradually getting to be an integral
part of Team India in the shorter version of the game. I have done well
in the last couple of months, but there's no guarantee that I will be
in the Test squad. In the last five years, I have played only eight
Tests.

I am somewhat surprised that he says he is 'getting to be an integral
part of Team India in the shorter version of the game.'  Personally I
thin his value is on somewhat of a downswing.

IMHO Kaif is a super fielder but I wonder whether his batting is really
suited to ODIs in view of the present members of the current ODI team.
He did not have any good innings in Pakistan and IIRC had ducks in the
last 2 times he went to bat.

Kaif of course does not really bowl these days so his UP youngster
teammate Raina seems equal or ahead in all aspects expect experience.

If we had to drop one of the present batsmen in the ODI squad, I would
think that Kaif probably is one of the main names in contention. Let's
see what he does against England.

I wonder what others think.

Prakash

 
 
 

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

Post by chaa.. » Tue, 21 Feb 2006 11:32:06

If he's dropped for a bowler, it can be justified match to match.

But to drop him for another batsman IMO would be pretty ridiculous. If
you say he hasn't performed that well on the pak tour, he hasn't done
too bad either. Look if a team performs as good as India did in its 5
games, there will always be that one person who will have small scores
like kaif did. If we replace kaif for another big hitter, we might end
up like pak with too many big hitters and no one knowing their real
role. IMO with dhoni and powar we dont need to hunt for more big
hitters(of course there are exceptions...ie. get me another dhoni who
can perform dhoni-stsyle consistently and i'll throw away kaif without
a thought).

As far as tests go, I actually think kaif can be quite an asset on bad
low scoring pitches. I remember that test in bombay on that dead pitch
against Australia where he scored a 50 if I'm right when india scored
under 250(or 200 even, dont remember).

Between kaif and ganguly, I would have picked kaif for T3 on such a
pitch. Of course you need him to make it to the tour first:) I do hope
he gets a place for ganguly against england.

 
 
 

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

Post by shariq_ta.. » Tue, 21 Feb 2006 23:39:08

Judging by how things have gone for Kaif in the one dayers and India's
rich vein of success, I would be happy to be still member of the
India's limited overs side if I were him

Shariq

 
 
 

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

Post by Cric8Fa » Wed, 22 Feb 2006 10:57:11

Yes - indeed. Kaif should be happy if he can manage to hold onto his
place in one day team.  Raina looks much better than Kaif.  Kaif looks
very suspect because of his tendency to shuffle across while playing.
Also doesn't hit as cleanly as Raina does.  However, he still may get
selected for Eng series should India decide to go with 7 batsamen
(including Dhoni).  Kaif would be ideal substitute (12th man) though.

Shariq who which batsman you would select to play if India decide to go
for 7 batsmen?  I thought following would make it:

1. Sehwag
2. Tendulkar
3. Dravid
4. Yuvraj
5. Raina
6. Dhoni
7. Kaif

 
 
 

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

Post by Take it eas » Wed, 22 Feb 2006 11:03:03



Quote:
> I am somewhat surprised that he says he is 'getting to be an
> integral part of Team India in the shorter version of the game.'

He is talking about 20-20 version. The Indian team is secretly
practicing for that.

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - then please retire from
that :)

Takeiteasy.

Quote:
> Personally I thin his value is on somewhat of a downswing.

> IMHO Kaif is a super fielder but I wonder whether his batting is
> really suited to ODIs in view of the present members of the
> current ODI team. He did not have any good innings in Pakistan and
> IIRC had ducks in the last 2 times he went to bat.

> Kaif of course does not really bowl these days so his UP youngster
> teammate Raina seems equal or ahead in all aspects expect
> experience.

> If we had to drop one of the present batsmen in the ODI squad, I
> would think that Kaif probably is one of the main names in
> contention. Let's see what he does against England.

> I wonder what others think.

> Prakash

 
 
 

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

Post by Totaltull » Wed, 22 Feb 2006 11:16:21

One should be careful what to wish for. In Kaif's case, if he doesnt
want to be seen as an ODI player - he may not be seen as an ex-India
cricketer. Not inconceivable...
 
 
 

'I don't want to be seen as a one-day player' - Kaif

Post by shariq_ta.. » Wed, 22 Feb 2006 14:23:51

Quote:

> Yes - indeed. Kaif should be happy if he can manage to hold onto his
> place in one day team.  Raina looks much better than Kaif.  Kaif looks
> very suspect because of his tendency to shuffle across while playing.
> Also doesn't hit as cleanly as Raina does.  However, he still may get
> selected for Eng series should India decide to go with 7 batsamen
> (including Dhoni).  Kaif would be ideal substitute (12th man) though.

> Shariq who which batsman you would select to play if India decide to go
> for 7 batsmen?  I thought following would make it:

> 1. Sehwag
> 2. Tendulkar
> 3. Dravid
> 4. Yuvraj
> 5. Raina
> 6. Dhoni
> 7. Kaif

I reckon that would be the ODI batting lineup. A test lineup would
feature

Sehwag
Jaffer/Gambhir
Laxman
Dravid
Tendulkar
Yuvraj
Dhoni

With Yuvraj in all likelihood out of the first test I reckon Ganguly
will get his chance

Shariq