Former Indian cricketer, Mohammad Kaif has been known for some of his mind-boggling catches which he took during his career and will always be named while remembering the best fielders around the world. But one effort that has always been a standout was his incredible running catch against Pakistan in Karachi during the 2004 ODI series. The catch was not only remembered for the brilliant athleticism of Kaif, but also for the impact it had on the game.
On Saturday, the Kaif revisited his genius on the field, sharing the video on his Twitter handle and he wrote: “Fearlessness of youth makes you chase the impossible and grab it with both hands.”
Fearlessness of youth makes you chase the impossible and grab it with both hands. Oops sorry Badani bhai. pic.twitter.com/Yn3yxJ1JEK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 25, 2020
In the first ODI of the five-match series during India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004, fans witnessed a nerve-wracking match as the men in blue won the game by just 5 runs. India decided to bat first after winning the toss and Pakistan bowlers were blown away by a monster batting performance of Virender Sehwag, who smashed 79 off 57 balls to give India a brilliant start.
Rahul Dravid also played a knock of 99 off 104 balls as India reached a mammoth total of 349 for seven. Pakistan’s difficult task only got tougher when they found themselves at 34 for two in the 8th over. However, Inzamam-ul-Haq (122) and Mohammad Yusuf helped the hosts to make a comeback with a brilliant partnership of 135 runs.
After Yusuf’s dismissal, Inzamam got some support from Younis Khan and the duo stitched another century partnership to send alarm bells ringing in the Indian camp. Abdul Razzaq’s quickfire knock of 27 helped Pakistan to reach India’s score as they required 10 runs off the final 8 deliveries.
Shoaib Malik skied one towards long-on and Kaif ran from long-off at full speed, stretched full length, and grasped the ball with both hands — nearly smashing the head of his teammate Hemang Badani’ — to give India hope of winning the match.