In an era of hero worship there are also stories of grit, determination and extreme hardwork that dont necessarily result in fame and success but due to sheer fate things just dont fall in place and in some cases even fall apart. My earliest memories of Amol Muzumdar were from the newspaper stories of the kind of runs that he scored. I came across this via my friend Amol’s (Agarwal) blog which in turn is courtesy here
If you grew up in the nineties and watched cricket, chances are that you must have heard the name of Amol Muzumdar, the stylish middle order batsman from Mumbai. Yes, he too featured in that historic match, yes you guessed it right, Shardashram vs St. Xaviers or better known as the match where Tendulkar and Kambli broke all kinds of records, Amol was slated to come in next. He never got his chance then.
Despite scoring ~ 10000 runs (second only to Wasim Jaffer) in first class cricket and having a batting average of ~ 50, Amol wasnt able to break into the India team and sadly his name wont even ring any bells in the minds of this generations of Mumbaikar’s. Such is the fickle nature of fan adulation.
It was the era and the position that he played, the nineties and nno.3 & 4. There were the awesome 3some of Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly who were knocking on the doors of the selectors pretty much at the same time as Amol was.
At the fag end of his career, he even switched teams and played for Assam and Andhra Pradhesh, continuing to display his class. The following captures his commitment and dedication to the game,“I simply could not have anything in my mind but batting. No outings with friends or family functions. I don’t even remember celebrating my birthdays”. More on him here