Amol Muzumdar named interim South Africa batting coach

Amol Muzumdar

Former Mumbai cricketer Amol Muzumdar has been named as South Africa’s interim batting coach for their three-match Test series against India. The Proteas will hope that his vast experience of the Indian conditions will be an asset to their batters during a challenging start to their World Test Championship campaign.

Muzumdar is regarded as one of the greatest Indian batters at the domestic level, accumulating a vast amount of runs in a career which lasted for two decades. He made his domestic debut for Mumbai in 1994 and retired in 2014. Muzumdar played 171 First-class matches, scoring 11167 runs with 30 centuries.

He has been a commentator for domestic matches, alongside taking up various coaching roles. He has been the batting coach of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. Muzumdar has also coached the India U19 and U23 sides at the NCA.

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‘Amol Muzumdar the perfect fit’

Confirming the appointment, CSA acting director  Corrie van Zyl stated:

“Amol is a perfect fit for us. He brings an intimate knowledge of Indian playing conditions and the challenges our batsmen are likely to face. He also assisted us at the spin bowling camp we held recently in India and thus has already built up a good working relationship with Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma and Zubayr Hamza.”

Muzumdar, delighted at the appointment said:

“Cricket has always been and will continue to be my calling. Having spent 25 years on the pitch as a player I intend to spend the next 25 tapping and grooming talent on the cricket field. I am very excited about this new chapter to my coaching career.”

South Africa will tour India for three T20Is and three Test matches. The Test series will begin on October 2nd and conclude on 23rd of the same month. The Test matches are scheduled to be held at Visakhapatnam, Pune and Ranchi.