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Amol Muzumdar has served Mumbai for 14 years and has been part of the team in seven Ranji Trophy wins Photo Courtesy: Sudatta Mukherjee

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Amol Muzumdar, the former Mumbai batsman, has announced his retirement from cricket. Muzumdar made the announcement at Khar Gymkhana in Mumbai on Thursday. He retires after featuring in 171 First-Class matches, scoring 11,167 runs at an average of 48.13. He scored 30 tons, with his highest being 260, which he achieved on debut. Though he remained one of the most prolific batsmen in Indian domestic cricket, a national call-up eluded him. He did represent India under-19s and India A on a few occasions.

Coming from the same school as Sachin Tendulkar, Muzumdar was another batsman to emerge from the Sharadashram factory. He was famously padded up for hours as Vinod Kambli and Tendulkar put up that 664-run partnership in an interschool Harris Shield match in 1988. Muzumdar worked his way through the ranks and made his Ranji Trophy debut in 1993-94 against Haryana and marked the occasion with an innings of 260. This remains the highest score by a batsman on First-Class debut.

Muzumdar served Mumbai for 14 years and was a part of seven Ranji Trophy winning sides. In 2006-07, he was at the helm when Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy by beating Bengal in the final at the Wankhede Stadium. However, Muzumdar moved to Assam for the 2008-09 season and played for them for two years. He was set for a comeback in 2012-13, but had to turn to Andhra. His first season was very successful for Andhra as he emerged as one of their leading run-scorers. A quiet season followed and he moved away from active sport then.

Having played cricket in the Netherlands, he was appointed batting consultant for their national side for the World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand in 2014. A known face in the media, Muzumdar has been seen on various cricket based shows.

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