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Why was Mohammad Kaif so overrated?

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I mean barring that one knock at NatWest Final, he barely did anything special at international level and even after getting a long run, he failed to make a huge mark.

 

Yet he seems so popular and people go so nostalgic about him as if we are discussing about a successful international cricketer. Unlike a Uthappa or Yousuf Pathan, he wasn't successful at IPL too.

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Who said Kaif is overrated? When was the last time you saw a thread on Kaif  or any former Cricketer go Gaga over Kaif?

 

Kaif might not have been a great batsman or a bowler. But he is one of the main pillars or founding fathers of Indian fielding resurgence along with Raina & Yuvi. 

 

Before Kaif and Yuvraj, Indian team were known to be a below avg cricket fielding team. Our fielding resurgence started somewhere in 2002, which went all the way upto 2020.

 

Our fielding is poor atm because of ageing Cricketers. But there is a definite change in the mindset of Indian Cricketers with regards to fielding, and Kaif definitely has a role to play in this Fielding revolution.

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12 minutes ago, Sean Bradley said:

Who said Kaif is overrated? When was the last time you saw a thread on Kaif  or any former Cricketer go Gaga over Kaif?

 

Kaif might not have been a great batsman or a bowler. But he is one of the main pillars or founding fathers of Indian fielding resurgence along with Raina & Yuvi. 

 

Before Kaif and Yuvraj, Indian team were known to be a below avg cricket fielding team. Our fielding resurgence started somewhere in 2002, which went all the way upto 2020.

 

Our fielding is poor atm because of ageing Cricketers. But there is a definite change in the mindset of Indian Cricketers with regards to fielding, and Kaif definitely has a role to play in this Fielding revolution.

On a lot of Facebook posts and other social medias, people often go nostalgic and start admiring Mohammad Kaif for those one off instance.

 

His fielding also was good in early 2000s but do you remember him repeating those instances in IPL ( or post mid 2000s since his batting started declining)?

 

Much of India's fielding credit goes to Yuvraj and Raina and then the likes of Dhoni and Kohli became an inspiration for youngsters for fast running and then everyone started valuing athleticism.

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Wrong he played many good clutch knocks, the innings against NZ when India India were 4 down for nothing with dravid was top quality, then again with dravid against Pakistan in the odi at Lahore under pressure once more, 2002 champions trophy knock, hit another 95 against SA, everytime he scored it would be while being under pressure, at once his average was around 36 before his final year 2006 where he struggled and lost form.

 

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He is not overrated. He was a decent fit to the young Indian team that was shaping up back then. Played 2-3 clutch or stabilizing knocks in the middle order and was a dynamic fielder.

 

No one calls him a great player nor there was any outrage when he was dropped. 
 

Kind of like Uthappa, DK and few other names were part of some memorable moments in Indian cricket even though their overall career numbers look mediocre. That’s where some nostalgia helps his image.

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