India domestic news November 18, 2012

Muzumdar reclaims Ranji Trophy run-scoring record

In an era when not many domestic cricketers are disciplinarians, Amol Muzumdar belongs to the minority. After scoring his 24th Ranji Trophy century, during which he became the tournament's highest run scorer once again, Muzumdar was making the Andhra cricketers shiver in the cold of Nadaun, a remote town in Himachal Pradesh, during a catching drill.

"Ever since I have joined Andhra, our day ends with each player taking 50 catches in the slips. Today was no different," Muzumdar told ESPNcricinfo. "The only difference was that the boys were saying 'aaj bahut thand hai, rehne do [let it be for the day since it's too cold]', but they had to follow the routine."

By the time Muzumdar returned to his room after practice, there was a sizeable number of text messages and missed calls on his phone. Most of them were to congratulate him for reclaiming the record former team-mate Wasim Jaffer had taken from him last year. The most special of those calls was from Devinaa, his six-year-old daughter.

"During the two days I spent at home for Diwali, I had promised her that I would get the milestone this week, so this one is for her," Muzumdar, who turned 38 last week, said. "I am not an emotional person but today I really want to thank all my family members - my father [Anil], mother [Meena] and my wife [Ruhee] who had stood beside me all these years."

Muzumdar had crossed Amarjeet Kaypee's record of 7623 runs while playing his first game for Assam in 2009-10, before Jaffer surpassed Muzumdar's tally of 8237 against Punjab last December. Though Muzumdar has beaten Jaffer's tally of 8320 runs, there is likely to be a seesaw battle between two of the most prolific domestic run-getters for the rest of the season. Jaffer is presently on Haj and will join Mumbai for the second half of the league stage.

"I am aware of the possibility," Muzumdar said. "I haven't discussed it with Wasim though. The last time I spoke with Wasim was when I congratulated him after he became the highest run-getter."

Muzumdar, who became the most capped Ranji player during Andhra's season opener, is delighted to hold the record of being the highest run-getter. "When it happened the last time, I wasn't after it. This time around, I knew how far I was behind," he said. "That's the only difference. It feels nice to score that many runs and be among the list of all those guys - Wasim, Hrishi [Hrishikesh Kanitkar], Kaypee and others. They have scored that many runs, it's incredible to have the tenacity to go on and on for years.

"Now the Ranji Trophy offers at least eight games per season, but till not so long ago, for most of the teams, Ranji meant a maximum of eight games a season, so their achievements are phenomenal."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • lokesh on November 21, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Congrats Amol. at 90's we are eagerly checking whenever squad selection is going on your name also in squad. Ok Once again congrats

  • Salil on November 20, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Congrats Amol! Like most who follow domestic cricket, I have read his name making news in Newspapers n number of times for last 2 decades. Sometimes top scorer for the season, savior for his side, sometimes shouldered the team to success in tournies and what not. There were some more players like these who did well in domestic but did not get a call for the national duty. Bhaskar Pillai who played for Delhi is one to name in 80s and beginning of 90s.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I agree very bad luck to have born in the age of those three stalwarts, still one of the most prominent figure in domestic cricket, i remember in one of the Matches in champions trophy where srinath was on fire , got the wicket of Dravid with a chest height bouncer, next man was Amol, the way he played that over, i still remember those moments, very rare scene in Indian cricket to bat confidently against some agressive bowling by pacers.

  • Par on November 19, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Flat track bully! But that is fine. When players like raina, rohit sharma, Vijay, yuvraj and Gambhir (one season wonder) make it to test set up and stay there. You feel for others..

    Someone like Jaffer/ BAdrinath should have enjoyed the same support, players of long format by choice and by dedication. Not people who ply trade in 20-20 and then make it to Tests because the selection committee is utterly incompetant.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Congratulations Amol - I have been following your cricket for a long time. This is a terrific achievement - and in my mind it doesn't matter if you played for India or not - you are a Stalwart of the game. Enjoy this!

  • IndTheBest on November 19, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Amol is a very fine cricketer but unlucky to born in Tendulkar/DravidGalnguli's era and not getting selected in the team. If I am not wrong he was also part of team or opposition of famous Tendulkar/Kambli school's record partnership. Well done Amol!

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Remember watching Amol play in a Ranji match in Pune - A very competent cricketer!

    Sometimes the best get left out in the game of life!

  • Ivan on November 19, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Congrats Amol! You never played for India but you have shown great class in the way you have played the game out of the limelight. This is well deserved! Enjoy it to the hilt.

  • Rohan on November 19, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Unlucky to have not got selected in the squad even once. Congratulations.

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