India news July 14, 2012

Kaif should be considered for Tests - Kumble

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Kaif, who last played for India in 2006, has found support from former captain Anil Kumble. Kaif, Kumble said, could add value to an Indian Test team that is without Rahul Dravid, and will only lose out on more experience once the other seniors retire.

"Kaif is only 31, and I believe this is the time when, as a batsman, you are nearing the peak of your powers," Kumble told Wisden India. "He has been consistent in domestic cricket, had a good last season, and he continues to be a brilliant fielder. As much as anything else, he has great attitude, so I don't see why they should not look at him at the Test level. I really am at a loss to figure out where and why he missed out."

Kaif, who had given up the Uttar Pradesh captaincy prior to the 2011-12 season, went on to score 537 runs in the last Ranji Trophy, at an average of 59.66. He has played 13 Tests, spread over a period of six years. His 624 Test runs came at an average of 32.84, with his only century coming in his last series for India, against West Indies in mid-2006. Kaif averaged 56.50 in that series - second only to Dravid.

"I think that was the time when a lot of flamboyant cricketers came to the fore - the likes of [Suresh] Raina, Rohit [Sharma] and, a little later, [Virat] Kohli," Kumble said. "Kaif has always been a solid, disciplined performer, and perhaps in the clamour for flamboyance, the selectors lost track of him.

"He has the experience and the technique to do well, as he has shown in the past. I can understand the selectors wanting to look ahead when it comes to the one-day game, but as far as Test cricket is concerned, Kaif is still a very good bat."

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  • syed on July 17, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    I totally agree with respected Anil Kumble. Kumble is scape goat. He must get a chance to prove himself.

  • samy on July 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    kaif is far better test player than the young hot blood

  • Rakesh on July 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Mr. kumble - you okay?. We have good upcoming youngsters like Pujara, Rohit etc. Why invest in an old horse.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    The indian test team lacks is consistency..rainas n rohits n kohlis are no doubt excellent cricketers bt are inconsistent..kaif is untested bt vastly experienced..he has a good temperant as well..i think kaif along with badrinath ,rahane can form a solid middle order..

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Anil Kumble

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    i m dyin to see him battin for india... the best fielder in d world... n d hero of natwest 2002 cnt b treated like dis... he deserve a lot... BBCI bring him back...

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    he is a good batsman who can save indian team from the present poor performance in tests

  • Faizan on July 16, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Yes Kaif Should be Included in all formats. At least a chance IPL is not a platform to judge but the domestic Cricket and he has done very well in all formats. And i Don't think any one taking a place of Dravid accept For Mohammad Kaif. at least a chance after a five years.

  • Rajesh on July 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    With all respect to Kumble as a bowler, Kaif has never ever given the impression that he is quality test material. His presensce at the crease has always been fidgety. Pujara has certainly done enough in the A tour to WI recently to merit a place. With Kohli firmly in place, where are the slots to even think of a guy called Kaif who is not even in the BCCI Radar? Someone likened Kaif's 31 years to that of Micheal Hussey who debuted at 31. Where is the similarity except the age. We all know most of the Aussies and English go thru a greater domestic grind before being blooded at International Level. Same is not the case in our country.

  • sandeep on July 16, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    who are supporting pujara plz see his record in ind vs s.a series..technically he also fail plz bring kaif atleast for one last time..

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