Kumble feels BCCI should give Kaif a Test recall

New Delhi: Former Indian captain Anil Kumble feels that discarded batsman Mohd. Kaif has it in him to make a comeback to the test team and can prove productive for India in the longer version of the game.

“I still believe he can add a lot of value to the Test team, especially with Rahul having retired and a few other seniors not far away from retirement,” Kumble told to Wisdenindia.com in an interview.

“Kaif is only 31, and I believe this is the time when, as a batsman, you are nearing the peak of your powers. He has been consistent in domestic cricket, had a good last season, and he continues to be a brilliant fielder,” added Kumble.

Kaif who played 3 tests for the country last played for India in 2006 scored one century and three fifties. He last played a test in 2006 but then last domestic season he amassed 711 runs at 54.69, which however did not bring him into consideration.

Kumble said that Kaif since he had been dropped from the test Kaif has been performing well on the domestic circuit and he does not see a reason as to why the selectors do not bring him into their scheme of things.

As much as anything else, he has great attitude, so I don’t see why they should not look at him in the Test level. He has been there, done that in the Test match arena, 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 – he is solid, has good technique, so why not give him another go?” he further added.