Johannesburg, Sep 9: Former India Mumbai batsman Amol Muzumdar has been roped in as batting coach for South Africa's three-match Test series against India, beginning on October 2 in Visakhapatnam, Cricket South Africa announced on Monday.
During his 20-year cricketing career, Muzumdar enjoyed a good record in 1st class scoring 11,167 runs from 171 matches at an average of 48.1.
The former batsman was last seen playing 1st class for Andhra in 2013 and has since then held several coaching positions be it Rajasthan Royals (batting coach), U-19, U-23 for India and batting consultant for a short stint for Netherland's men's team.
He had applied for India's batting coach earlier this year but could not make the cut. Despite ending his career as the second-highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy, Muzumdar never played for India.
Muzumdar won the Ranji title eight times with Mumbai including once as captain, in 2006-07.
“Amol is a perfect fit for us,” commented CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl. “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.”
“Cricket has always been and will continue to be my calling,” commented Muzumdar. “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.” (UNI)