Is Adam Zampa Similar To Rashid Khan? Here's What The Australian Spinner Has To Say

Updated - 07 Nov 2023, 04:35 PM

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Australia spin spearhead Adam Zampa has opened up on his evolution as one of the leading leg-spinners in the world in the last few years. The right-arm spinner has been one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world for quite some time now.

He has further enhanced his reputation by performing well in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Adam Zampa did not begin his campaign in the best of manners as he went wicketless against India. In the next game against South Africa, he managed just one wicket as Australia lost their first two games.

But in the third wicket, he picked up 4 wickets and has not looked back since then. His stunning run has also helped Australia turn their campaign around with 5 wins in a row. He picked up 4 wickets each against Pakistan and the Netherlands as well before taking 3 wickets against New Zealand. And in his last outing, he once again picked up 3 wickets against bitter rivals England while conceding only 21 runs in his 10 overs.

Adam Zampa on his evolution:

He is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in the ongoing World Cup. In 7 games, he has picked up an impressive 19 wickets. What makes his performance even more remarkable is that he had picked up just one wicket in his first two outings before claiming 18 wickets in his following 5 games.

And in a recent interview with Cricbuzz, the Australia star opened up on his journey in the game so far. It won’t be wrong to say that not many had backed Adam Zampa to have a successful career in international cricket due to the struggles he faced in his early years. However, he has turned things around in a remarkable fashion and recently spoke about it.

“I think my realization of playing in Australia, coming to these conditions and being adaptable. You put in your adaptability, your preparation, your reflection, all those things, that’s helped me stay in it for so long as well. I got to India the first time and tried bowling like I would in Australia and learnt from that. Preparation wise, as a young guy I was like “it’s ok I’ll work it out” when I’m out there. Didn’t always work. So I realised I have to be more prepared,” said Zampa.

“The reflection piece was being really honest about where my game was at. That started a long time ago when I was working with Trent Woodhill and Stephen Fleming at Melbourne Stars. A lot of their coaching methods were around not like your actual results. If you had 2/28 in four overs it didn’t matter. It was more about did I attack the batter at the right stages. Did I defend myself. Did I make the right decisions in terms of bowling where I want the ball to go.

“Since then, I’ve been really good at sitting back after the game and going ‘Alright, I went for 0/113 today’ what could I have done better? How could I have made it a 2/80 day. Then yeah, move on,” he added.

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