Fielded from Phulpur as the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, cricketer Mohammed Kaif today said politics is like a second innings for him and he would give equal attention to both his game and politics.
Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla again showed why he is head and shoulders above his teammates as a superb century that helped Bengal take first innings lead as well as eye for their maiden outright win of the season.
"Kaif is only 31, and I believe it 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," Kumble added.
Despite conceding a 105-run first innings lead, Karnataka managed to bounce back in their second innings to virtually deprive Uttar Pradesh an outright win on day three of the Elite Division Ranji Trophy match here on Friday.
Mohammed Kaif`s unbeaten 101 and his century-plus stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar took Uttar Pradesh within 38 runs of snatching the crucial first innings lead against Karnataka on day two of the Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group `A` match on Thursday.