“Muzumdar is an accomplished coach. He obviously knows the conditions well and was really good with his plans”
Former Test batsman Ashwell Prince believes Amol Muzumdar will be a significant asset to the Proteas Men’s squad.
Muzumdar (pictured) was appointed interim national batting coach yesterday for next month’s three-match Test series against India. Prince worked alongside Muzumdar during the recent Cricket SA spin camp in India.
Proteas Test squad batsmen Aiden Markram,Temba Bavuma and Zubayr Hamza were all part of the spin camp.
“Muzumdar is an accomplished coach. He obviously knows the conditions well and was really good with his plans,” Prince told Independent Media.
“He played for Mumbai during their glory period when they dominated Indian domestic cricket when the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were coming through.”
Muzumdar certainly has a distinguished first-class career that lasted 20 years during which time he made more than 11 000 first-class runs, including 30 centuries, at an average of 48. This included a career-best 260 on his first-class debut for Mumbai.
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.
CSA Interim Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl was certainly pleased that they could get Muzumdar on board.
“Amol is a perfect fit for us,” Van Zyl said. “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.”