Bengaluru: Former Mumbai batsman Amol Muzumdar has been appointed as South Africa’s interim batting coach for the Test series against India.

On Monday (September 9), Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed that Muzumdar will take up batting coach role for the three-Test rubber which begins on October 2 in Visakhapatnam.

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South Africa are already in India as they begin the tour on September 15 with a three-T20I series. Quinton de Kock is the captain.

"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," CSA Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl was quoted as saying in the media.

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On his new role, the  44-year-old Muzumdar said, "Cricket has always been and will continue to be my calling. 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."

Muzumdar, a giant in Indian domestic cricket, played 171 first-class matches and scored 11,167 runs at an average of 48.13. He also played 113 List A matches and 14 T20s. He made his first-class debut in 1994. Muzumdar is the second highest run scorer in Ranji Trophy history.