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Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar (left) and Amol Muzumdar were teammates for Bombay early in their careers

Amol Muzumdar, born on November 11, 1974, is one of the most prolific batsmen never to have played for India. Despite phenomenal consistency in domestic cricket and appearances for India under-19 and India A, he was unable to break it into the senior side with the presence of some big names. Nishad Pai Vaidya looks back at the timeline of Muzumdar’s career.

November 16, 1988: Makes his debut for Bombay under-15s against Saurashtra under-15s in the Vijay Merchant Trophy and marks the occasion with an unbeaten 125.

January-March 1991: Has an extremely successful time for the Bombay under-16s. In three consecutive games, he scores tons. The third one was a triple century against Baroda under-16s. That form carries on and he delivers for the West Zone under-16s.

November 1991- November 1992: Represents Bombay under-19s with distinction. Scores three centuries for them in one year.

January 1993: Is picked for the India under-19s for the Youth Cricket Challenge. Is a part of the side featuring Gagan Khoda, Sridharan Sriram and Pankaj Dharmani. A month later, he features in the home series against England under-19 and marks his youth Test debut series with two fifties.

December 1993-January 1994: Smashes five tons for the Bombay under-19s in the MA Chidambaram Trophy, which includes two centuries in one match against Gujarat under-19s. He ss then called up for the Pre-Quarter Final of the Ranji Trophy against Haryana.

February 12, 1994: Given a choice to represent India under-19 and Bombay, Muzumdar picks the Ranji Trophy. Makes a fantastic Ranji Trophy debut by smashing 260. It remains the highest score by a batsman on First-Class debut. Mumbai win the game easily and make it through to the next round. Though he misses the Quarter-Final, Muzumdar returns to score a ton against Maharashtra in the semi-final and a fifty in the final against Bengal. The Ravi Shastri-led side lifts the Ranji Trophy.

April-May 1994: Is picked for an India XI to play a few exhibition matches in Australia. The India XI includes Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil and Anil Kumble to name a few.

August-September 1994: Turns up for the India under-19s in England alongside VVS Laxman. Manages a ton and fifty on the tour.

1995: Is a part of another Ranji Trophy title triumph in only his second domestic season. In 15 First-Class games in the 1994-95 season, he amasses 1068 runs at 50.85 with two tons and nine fifties. He is then picked for India A to play England A at home and then tour Kenya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Ajay Jadeja and Vinod Kambli played alongside Muzumdar at various points in time.

November 1996: Is selected to play for the Board President’s XI against South Africa. Muzumdar manages only 23 and 13. VVS Laxman was also in the side.

April 7, 1997: In the first ever Ranji Trophy final played under lights, Muzumdar top scores for Mumbai with 144 as they amass 630. Mumbai win yet another Ranji title. Later that year, he is a part of the Mumbai side that clinches the Irani Trophy.

November 1998: Is picked for India A again and plays West Indies A.

April 2000: Muzumdar is a part of the Ranji Trophy winning side for the fourth time. He scores 659 runs in 10 matches at 47.07 with one ton and four fifties.

April 2003: Though Mumbai win the Ranji Trophy, Muzumdar has a tough time. He averages a meager 17.30 with a highest score of 37. By then, he seemed to be out of the national reckoning.

March 30, 2004: Wins his sixth Ranji Trophy title. Mumdar bounces back after a poor year in 2002-03. This time, he smashes 643 runs in nine matches at 58.45. In the final against Tamil Nadu, he hits 146.

2006-07: Is appointed captain of Mumbai and leads the team to victory in the Ranji Trophy. This remains his last title.

August 2009: Following a tough season, Muzumdar is not included in the Mumbai side for the Buchi Babu Invitational tournament. He thus moves to represent Assam, whom he represents for two seasons.

October 2012: Muzumdar spends a year cooling off trying to get back into the Mumbai side, but has to then move to play for Andhra.

2012-13: Finds his consistency with the bat and has a phenomenal run for Andhra in his first season for them. In eight matches, he hits 868 runs at an average of 78.90. This magnificent run includes five tons.

December 1, 2013: Plays his last First-Class game. Has a tough season with Andhra as he scores only 97 runs in five matches. He decides to step away from the team.

January 2014: Takes up the role of batting consultant with the Netherlands team during the World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand. Muzumdar has been a regular in Netherlands’ club cricketer, representing Quick Cricket Club and thus was approached for the coaching role.

September 25, 2014: Calls it a day from competitive cricket.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)