India news September 25, 2014

Amol Muzumdar retires from cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Who you play for doesn't matter, giving your best does - Muzumdar

Former Mumbai batsman Amol Muzumdar has called time on a 21-year domestic career, during which he became one of the highest run-getters in the Ranji Trophy. Following 15 years with Mumbai, Muzumdar moved to Assam in 2009 and later to Andhra. He amassed 11167 runs from 171 first-class matches, with 30 centuries.

Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, called Muzumdar "one of the finest batsmen produced by the country."

Muzumdar, 39, was handed the captaincy of the Mumbai Ranji team in 2006-07 and overturned a poor start to lead the side to the title. He was unable to break into the national side despite stellar credentials in domestic cricket. He has, however, had a stint with Netherlands as their batting coach.

Muzumdar began his first-class career with an unbeaten 260 against Haryana in the 1993-94 Ranji pre-quarterfinal, and kept putting up the runs for Mumbai season after season. He claimed the record for the top-run scorer in Ranji Trophy in 2009, but that record has since passed to Wasim Jaffer in 2012. His List A numbers are also steady with 3286 from 113 matches, including three centuries and 26 half-centuries.

He went on to win eight Ranji titles with Mumbai. However, Muzumdar was competing for a middle-order slot in an India team that was quite full with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

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