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No regrets but no satisfaction either: Kaif

It was great playing for the country. There are no regret but there is no satisfaction either, reveals Mohammad Kaif speaking to Heena Zuni Pandit.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2008 19:07 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit

MOHAMMAD KAIF is just 27 years old but it seems that he has been around for a long, long time. Despite enduring a long season, one in which he captained Uttar Pradesh to the Ranji Trophy final and was an integral part of the victorious Jaipur team in the IPL, Kaif looks remarkably fresh. He is savouring the IPL success and is still hoping to find a way into the national side.


How was the IPL experience?

IPL was good, something new and thrilling. We were the least fancied side but we won the title. We lost our first game against Delhi, but then regrouped, stuck to our strategy and fortunately, everything fell in place. Winning the title was great.

You took Uttar Pradesh to the final of Ranji Trophy, scored 1397 first-class runs last season, and you still are very fit. Do you think the selectors might consider you?

I am ready to play anytime, but I can't say about what selectors have in mind and on what basis they will pick someone.

See, I am there to play and will continue to do so. Selection is something that I have no control over. It's my love of the game that keeps me going irrespective of my selection. I play for my state with dedication; I play with dedication for any team I am representing.

For how long can you wait for the call-up? Do you feel you are in the best possible position and shape to make a comeback?

Yes, anytime. As I said, I play because I like cricket. Besides, I am putting in all the requisite efforts that are required.

What do you think when you sit down and look back at you cricketing carrier?

The runs I scored and the runs I saved. It was great playing for the country. There are no regret but there is no satisfaction either.

Having been a part of the Indian team for a long time, how does it feel now to sit out and see players much younger to you in experience and age play for India?

It's nice to see them playing. I am always there to share my experiences with them. If I can be of help to them in any kind of way, that would be good. The current bunch is talented; RP Singh, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, et al are talented boys and its good to see them play for the country.

What next for Mohammad Kaif?

Next, hmmm (pauses), well, local cricket!