Mumbai Indians have hired former Karnataka captain and coach J Arunkumar as their assistant batting coach ahead of IPL 2023. Arunkumar joins his previous colleague R Vinay Kumar, a headhunter, on the establishment’s care staff list, that will be going by Imprint Boucher; During the inaugural IPL season in 2008, Arunkumar and Boucher worked together at Royal Challengers Bangalore as teammates.
During his residency Karnataka won consecutive Ranji Prize titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In addition, they won the Vijay Hazare Trophy and two Irani Cups during the same season. KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, and Karun Nair all went on to play for India during his time with the team, making them a dominant force in domestic cricket.
Arunkumar also had an impressive playing career with Karnataka, where he was a part of two titles won from 1995 to 1996 and 1997 to 1998. In 176 innings, he scored 7208 first-class runs, including 20 centuries and 36 half-centuries.
Following the acquisition of teams in the UAE’s ILT20 (MI Emirates) and South African SA20 league (MI Cape Town), the organization overhauled its existing coaching staff. Mahela Jayawardene, Mumbai Indians’ head coach since 2017, has been promoted to global head of performance, and Zaheer Khan, director of cricket operations up until the current season, is now global head of cricket development. Both of them will be involved with each of the three teams.
In a further update, Jacob Oram, a former New Zealand all-rounder has been hired as MI Cape Town’s bowling coach in advance of the inaugural SA20 season.
Between 2001 and 2012, Oram played 33 Tests, 160 ODIs, and 36 T20Is. He also participated in four IPL seasons, starting in 2008 and continuing with Mumbai Indians in 2011 and 2013. After retiring, Oram worked as a coach, most recently as the assistant coach of the New Zealand women’s team.
He now joins Simon Katich (head coach), Hashim Amla (batting coach), James Pamment (fielding coach), and Robin Peterson (team manager) on the MI Cape Town support staff.
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