SA vs IND | Amol Muzumdar named South Africa's interim batting coach

SA vs IND | Amol Muzumdar named South Africa's interim batting coach

SA vs IND | Amol Muzumdar named South Africa's interim batting coach

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday appointed former Mumbai batsman Amol Muzumdar as the interim batting coach for the upcoming three-Test series against India starting October 2.

Amol Muzumdar is a prominent performer in Indian domestic circuit. His professional cricket career ran from 1993/94 to December 2013. On his First-Class debut for Mumbai, Muzumdar had slammed a career-best 260 against Haryana - a world record back then.

Muzumdar now joins a select group of Indians who have worked with other worldwide teams in recent years, such as Sridharan Sriram (currently with Australia men's team), Sunil Joshi (spin consultant with Bangladesh men's team till recently), Wasim Jaffer (part of the coaching staff at the Bangladesh High Performance Centre) and Lalchand Rajput (worked as head coach of Zimbabwe and Afghanistan men's teams).

The 44-year-old, who retired from first-class cricket in September 2014, informed CricketCountry that he was approached for the position by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and did not apply for the post. He has also been the batting coach of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.

Appointed only for the India series, Muzumdar has a tough task at hand as he joins a team in transition for the three-Test series beginning in Visakhapatnam followed by matches in Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23).

"Amol is a ideal fit for us". He also assisted us at the spin bowling camp we held recently in India.

"Amol is a ideal fit for us", said CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl in a press release.

"He brings an intimate knowledge of Indian playing conditions and the challenges our batsmen are likely to face". He added that after spending 25 years as a player, now he wants to spend coming 25 years to groom talents on the cricket field. "But I am looking forward to the series", Muzumdar said. Later, the senior national selection committee members have chosen Vikram Rathore for the batting coach role. This was announced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on September 9th, 2019.

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