Adam Zampa said that getting Indian captain Virat Kohli’s wicket may be big but after that comes the worry of dismissing the likes of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. “Getting Virat is one thing, he was in at the time and it was big wicket, but then you also have to think about getting (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni out and Rohit (Sharma) out. Virat is big wicket, but there are six or seven big wickets in the Indian team,” Zampa told reporters in Nagpur on the eve of the team’s second ODI against India.
Kohli was dismissed by Zampa for 44 and Australia had managed to reduce India to 99/4 in the first ODI. But then MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav put up an unbeaten 141-run stand and comfortably chased down the target of 237 with 10 balls to spare.
Zampa is happy that he has been to get better of world’s best batsman on a few occasions recently. “It’s nice to get players like that (Virat) out. I thought the best one was the T20 here (in Visakhapatnam) and another match in Brisbane. I thought they were big wickets given the situation of the match and we ended up winning the game (Visakhapatnam),” he said.
His stint in the IPL has made Adam Zampa realise that the best way to counter Indian batsmen is by bowling a wicket-to-wicket line.
Zampa, who has grabbed 44 wickets in 35 ODI appearances so far feels that his strength is attacking the stumps rather than bowl big loopy leg breaks outside the off-stump, which players like Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav relish hitting.
“From my IPL experience and seeing these guys play, it’s not about the variety of wrong ‘uns but it’s about the best way to bowl to these batsmen. Particularly in ODI cricket, most leg-spinners these days are attacking the stumps and that’s my strength,” Zampa said on the eve of the match.
“I feel like when I get away from the stumps, guys lilke Virat and the other night (Kedar) Jadhav, I got little bit frustrated and went wide off the stumps, that is when the damage happen. It’s about staying away from their strengths,” said Zampa, who dismissed Kohli in the first T20 International in Visakhaptanam as well as the first ODI in Hyderabad.
The second ODI will be played on Tuesday, March 5.