Little known Amol Muzumdar appointed South Africa’s interim batting coach


South Africa have appointed Indian domestic cricket performer Amol Muzumdar as their interim batting coach for the upcoming Test series against India; Cricket South Africa announced the selection through a press release on Monday.

Little known Amol Muzumdar appointed South Africa's batting coach
Amol Muzumdar is a prominent performer in Indian domestic circuit. Photo: The South African

The CSA press release said,

“He has moved on to become one of the top coaches in India, holding high performance coaching certificates from the BCCI, Cricket Australia as well as in the UK through both Lancashire and Yorkshire.”

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The 44-year old, who retired from first-class cricket in September 2014, informed Indian media that he did not apply for the post but was approached by CSA.

“I have not applied for it, but they knew me through the Indian Premier League. I have also worked with a couple of players like Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, so I had a working relationship with them. They had asked for my availability for the Test series especially this one and I said yes,” Muzumdar said.

Muzumdar had an outstanding twenty year long first-class career in which he amassed over 11,000 runs, including 30 centuries at an average of 48 including a career-best 260 on his first-class debut for Mumbai.

He also posses high performance coaching certificates from the BCCI, Cricket Australia, English county Lancashire and Yorkshire.

His previously coached Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the India U-19 and U-23 sides at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and being the batting coach of the Netherlands.

CSA’s Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl commented, “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.”

The upcoming three-Test series for South Africa against India starting October 2.

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