Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals who are making their comeback this season after a two-year ban has roped in India's domestic batting stalwart, Amol Muzumdar as their batting coach for the 2018 season, the team announced on Tuesday (March 13).
Recently in February, the franchise also named Steve Smith as their skipper.
The 43-year-old Muzumdar will join Sairaj Bahutule who is the bowling coach of team, Zubin Bharucha (head of cricket) and Shane Warne who will serve as the mentor of the team.
"We are proud to have Amol Muzumdar on board as the team's batting coach. 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," Barucha said.
Talking about the performance in Ranji cricket, Muzumdar scored 11,167 runs in first-class cricket, including 40 centuries and 60 fifties, at an average of 48.13. His last first-class appearance was for Andhra in the 2013-14 season.
Excited about his new role, the Mumbai legend said: "These are exciting times for a batsman. 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."
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will play their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9.
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