Kaif's family misses his match winning performance

Published: Sunday, July 14, 2002, 21:23 [IST]
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Lucknow: Like the other cricket fans, Mohammad Kaif's family had also lost all hopes of the country pulling off a victory against England at Lord's on Saturday and missed watching live the cricketer's heroics as India scripted an incredible two- wicket victory.

Kaif's brother Saif, a Ranji level cricketer, dejectedly switched off the television and went to watch the tear-jerker 'Devdas' at a movie theatre in Allahabad, their native place, along with father Tarif and mother Kaiser. "I switched off the television and we went out to see the movie after Sachin Tendulkar got out and India still needed another 180 runs for a victory," Saif told reporters over telephone from his residence in Allahabad.

"We had lost all hopes when Sachin got out and thought India was heading for a big defeat," Saif, who plays for Uttar Pradesh, said. As luck would have it, the family was not destined to watch history unfold and be a witness to the incredible feat of Kaif. "Someone told us midway through the film that India had won the match and that Kaif had played a great innings," he said.

Unable to digest the enormity of the reality, the first thing that the family did in the morning was to religiously go through the repeat telecast and savour India's historic victory. "The most notable feature of Kaif's innings was that he did not play loose shots like England skipper Nasser Hussain. All his shots were proper cricketing shots," the proud brother said of Kaif's unbeaten 75-ball 87-run knock, which included two sixes and six fours.

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