He scored prolifically for the Maharashtra cricket team in the Ranji Trophy to bring himself into contention for national selection. He only had a brief international career, playing two Tests in 1999/2000. He is best remembered for hitting the final four runs in the Independence Cup final against Pakistan, in fading light. Although off the international scene for quite some time, Kanitkar joined Brentwood Cricket Club in Essex for the 2006 season. During this season he enjoyed the English conditions, scoring over 1000 runs throughout the season with an average of 76.
Kanitkar currently plays for RajasthanRanji team as a guest player.. In 2010-2011 season, he captained Rajasthan Team in the Ranji Trophy and led them to their maiden Ranji Trophy triumph after defeating Baroda in the finals.