They also serve who only stand and wait. –John Milton

Amol Muzumdar, was one of the finest Ranji batsmen for Mumbai with the singular misfortune of his cricket career coinciding with SR Tendulkar and VG Kambli. He spent an entire cricketing career “waiting”.

He had been at Shardashram Vidyamandir School in Dadar with the two and was the batsman waiting to come in when the pair amassed a record stand of 664 in a Harris Shield game in 1988, and it wouldn’t be too long before he made his name for Bombay by scoring 260 on debut in 1993-94, against the side he had seen beat his own in that final three years earlier.

Once again, in the epic Ranji finals of 1992, he was a ball boy, patiently waiting for his turn. It would turn out that he would never play test cricket for India. In a different era, he might have walked into the Indian team. And so it goes.

A humorous aside to this word is this: Street cricketers in Chennai grow up following and imitating Australian and other Western cricketers who usually use the word, “Wait in” as a communication during running between the wickets. This gets beautifully morphed, in the streets and gullies of Chennai to “Waiting, Waiting”.