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Thatscricket - News - Kaif relishes his No 4 slot, happy to repay captain

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2003, 1:51 [IST]
 
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Dhaka: Mohammed Kaif believes that his new batting position has given a fresh lease to his career and the wily youngster is happy to have justified the faith reposed on him by his captain. The middle-order batsman struggled to get the runs in the early stages of the recent World Cup but the team management's decision to promote him to the number four slot midway through the tournament seems to have worked wonders for his confidence. And Kaif is now keen to repay the trust shown by his captain Saurav Ganguly by scoring runs consistently. The promotion has given him the opportunity to settle down and build the innings and his unbeaten 95 off 103 balls in the TVS Cup triangular series match against South Africa on Sunday speaks volumes of his new-found confidence."I was waiting for such an innings for quite a while. It is a great feeling to have contributed to the team's cause and I hope to keep doing it more often," Kaif said.Kaif knows that the number four position will provide him the chance of getting big knocks and also improve upon his statistical records which have not reflected his immense potential. He has a One-day aggregate of 1017 runs in 50 matches (41 innings) at an average of 31.78.The stylish batsman may have missed what could have been his second One-day century on Sunday, but the team-man that he is, Kaif feels that the interest of the team is more important than achieving personal milestones. "Not getting the century does not disturb me. I am quite happy to do the job for my country. You play for the team not for yourself," he said. Kaif is part of the young brigade which has injected the much-needed enthusiasm in Indian cricket. Kaif, along with Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra are seen as the future 'backbone' of the team. Apart from his batting skills, the 22-year-old Kaif's electrifying fielding and superb running between the wickets have made him a real asset in the shorter version of the game. It is these departments in which the team has seen a remarkable improvement in recent times and the young breed of cricketers have been largely responsible for this.Kaif and his friend Yuvraj are also considered to be the best runners between the wickets and the mix-up between the two during Sunday's match against South Africa did come as a surprise."I have a very good understanding with Yuvraj but it is one of those things that can happen in a game. This is only the second time that the two of us were involved in a run out," Kaif said."At that stage I was a little worried because Yuvraj was playing well and he is in good form. We needed him at that time. But (Dinesh) Mongia played a great knock which helped us get a big total," Kaif said. PTI

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