Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell called leg-spinner Adam Zampa a superstar for his wondrous bowling in the T20 World Cup for Australia.
On Sunday, Australia thumped trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand with an eight-wicket victory to clinch their maiden T20 World Cup final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Zampa got the wicket of senior New Zealand batter Martin Guptill after the latter went for a slog-sweep only to get caught by Marcus Stoinis at deep mid-wicket. The leg-spinner ended his spell with 1/26.
With Guptill’s wicket, Zampa took his tally to 13 wickets in the tournament and ended as the second highest wicket-taker behind Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga (16).
I have had the pleasure of having Adam Zampa at Melbourne Stars: Glenn Maxwell
Zampa was effective for Australia in controlling the flow of runs from their opponents in the middle overs. He bowled at an impressive economy rate of 5.81 in this T20 World Cup.
Zampa’s Melbourne Stars captain Maxwell spoke about his teammate’s growth over the years and said there is no leg-spinner better than him in the current scenario.
“He (Adam Zampa) has been a superstar in this format as well as one-day cricket for a long period of time. I have had the pleasure of having him at the Stars and watched him grow into the player he is,” Maxwell stated after Australia’s title triumph.
“To watch him bring all his talent straight into international cricket, he has fitted in so well. In the last three years, as a leg-spinner, I don’t think there haven’t been any better in the world,” he added.
Adam Zampa has been the best bowler by far in white-ball: Mitchell Starc
Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc, who picked nine wickets in the tournament, didn’t have a good day on the pitch.
Starc was hammered for 60 runs from his four overs spell without taking any wicket. But the lanky bowler acclaimed Zampa’s efforts in white-ball cricket.
“Zampa has been the best bowler by far in white-ball over the last two years. We know how to bowl around him. The bowling group just knows our roles a lot clearer,” Starc said.
Zampa is the currently ranked fifth in a the ICC T20I bowling rankings and has claimed 65 scalps from 57 matches.