Amol Muzumdar, the Indian domestic stalwart, has been appointed as the batting coach of Rajasthan Royals for the 2018 Indian Premier League, the franchise announced on Tuesday (March 13).
The former Mumbai cricketer will join hands with Sairaj Bahutule, the bowling coach, and Zubin Bharucha, the head of cricket, to oversee Rajasthan’s first camp in their hometown of Jaipur from March 13. Earlier, Shane Warne, who led the franchise to their only IPL title in the inaugural edition, was appointed as the mentor of the side.
“We are proud to have Amol Muzumdar on board as the team’s batting coach,” said Bharucha. “His record on domestic circuit speaks for his greatness. The young batsmen will get so much to learn from him and develop their skills. Amol and Sairaj both bring skill, experience and vehemence that will surely drive the energy of the team in the right direction.”
In a first-class career spanning two decades, Muzumdar went on to represent Mumbai, Assam and Andhra, and hung his boots with 11,167 runs, including 40 centuries and 60 fifties, at an average of 48.13 in 171 games.
Muzumdar said he was excited to be part of Rajasthan and was looking forward to working with the players.
“These are exciting times for a batsman,” said Muzumdar, who was never brought in the IPL despite scoring tons of runs in the domestic circuit. “Twenty20 has completely changed the contours of the game. The skill-sets are different, the game is more happening. There is never a dull moment. As a coach one has to constantly innovate and adapt while guiding the youngsters acquire new batting skills and keeping the basics of the game intact at the same time. It is a role I am excited about.”
Rajasthan, who are returning to the fold after a two-year suspension, have already designated Steven Smith as their captain for the upcoming season. They will commence their IPL campaign with an away game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9.