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Amol Muzumdar leaves Andhra

Nagraj Gollapudi

December 2, 2013

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Amol Muzumdar has a chat with Wasim Jaffer, Mumbai v Punjab, Ranji Trophy Elite, Mumbai, 2nd day, December 22, 2011
Amol Muzumdar (left) has played for Assam and Andhra after quitting Mumbai in 2009 © Fotocorp
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Veteran batsman Amol Muzumdar has decided to end his time with Andhra Pradesh, the team he has been playing for in the Ranji Trophy since 2012. Muzumdar, who quit playing for Mumbai in 2009, moved to Assam for a year before moving south and was Andhra's best batsman last season with 868 runs and five centuries. However this year, he could only manage 97 runs in seven innings so far.

Muzumdar met the Andhra Cricket Association secretary, Gokaraju Gangaraju, to inform him about his decision. "He volunteered [to leave] himself and said that it is the time for the youngsters to play the rest of the three matches in the season," the ACA said in a media release.

Muzumdar has the most Ranji Trophy caps - he has played 136 matches - and is second on the list of run-scorers in Ranji cricket, having hit 9188 runs, behind only Mumbai's Wasim Jaffer (9504). Also, Muzumdar's 28 hundreds is the third-highest aggregate in the Ranji Trophy after Jaffer's (34) and Ajay Sharma's (31). He's tied with Jaffer for most Ranji fifties - both batsmen are on 73.

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Posted by Naresh28 on (December 4, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

The exciting player to watch for Andhra is bowler Vijaykumar. He has been taking lots of wickets. Seems to be a strong fast bowler.

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (December 3, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

There were n-number of players on domestic circuit who scored heavily but could not make it to playing XI of the Indian team on a regular basis. Ex: Amol Muzumdar, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Brijesh Patel, Ajay Sharma, Wasim Jaffer and more recently Badrinath.

I am hoping RAHANE does not go that way ... keeping my fingers crossed ;)

Posted by vaidyar on (December 3, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

@Sachit1979: Happens when a good middle order remains stable for a long time. For Aus Hodge or Hussey, such good batsmen couldn't make it in until the Waughs and Damien Martyn retired. India had a pretty stable middle order with the fab 4 from 1996 till 2008 and then till 2011. So many players like Mujumdar or Badrinath, etc couldn't make the cut. Getting to play for your country is not just about talent, but also luck. Ganguly, Dravid and VVS came in around the time Manjrekar, Azhar etc were waning. During the fab four era no one could manage to get a toe-hold in the middle order until SG's retirement which also has taken a while to fill.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

I wonder where he would join for the next season! He did pretty average for his standard for Assam, and in a way, let the Assam team down with all the expectations from the supporters of a weak team. I hope he goes back to Mumbai, which he won't.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (December 3, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

Amol Muzumdar, most talented Cricketer in last 15 years who could not even debut for Indian team. Not sure why.

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