Bengaluru: Coming in to bowl at a crucial juncture of the match, there was a lot of pressure on the young leg spinner to deliver, and that he did. Adam Zampa’s 3/23 was pivotal for Australia who had till then found wickets hard to come by.
Although some loose bowling in the death overs almost unraveled Australia’s quest for victory against Bangladesh, the spinner did make his mark after a bit of a slow start at the international T20 stage.
“I hadn’t taken wickets. So it’s bit like I have taken the monkey off my back. I’m happy to contribute always, so it was nice,” said the 23-year-old. With the Aussie unused to the sub-continent conditions and tracks on offer here, Zampa is doing his best to get the feel of things.
“Wickets in Australia don’t spin as much. Hitting the stumps over there is crucial.
“My plans here haven’t really changed a lot but for the length you bowl. Players intend to hit it in different areas than they can in Australia. So I am trying to get used to it quickly,” revealed the New South Wales native.
“It’s another game under my belt as well. On pitches I am not used to. It’s nice to have that bit of experience and confidence now going to new challenges. It’s something I am looking forward to.” With one win and one loss from two outings, Australia are under pressure to enter the knockout rounds and face the tough task of playing Pakistan next, followed by host nation India.
With both teams accomplished in tackling spinners, Zampa is relishing the challenge. “Absolutely. There is a bit of pressure to perform but very excited about playing those top players. Both teams are equally hard, both have great spin bowlers and great players of spin....