'A fight brings out the best in me': Adam Zampa looks forward to many more IPL duels
Zampa also praised Pune captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for helping him out with suggestions and pointers about the opposition batsmen
For only the second time in the history of the IPL, a bowler took six wickets of the four allotted overs. Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, playing for the Rising Pune Supergiants, returned figures of 6-19 on Tuesday night against Sunrisers Hyderabad, albeit it was to be in a losing cause. Playing just the second IPL match of his career, Zampa said he bowled to a plan and was helped along by a helpful wicket and large boundaries at Vishakhapatnam.
"The wicket suited me. It was also a big ground, so I had a few catches taken at the boundary. That played into my hands," he told the IPL website. Zampa's feat is all the more commendable when you consider he bowled three out of the final five overs of the Sunrisers innings and took all his six wickets in these overs. He revealed that hasn't got much experience of bowling in the death overs. "I haven't bowled at the death overs much, but I really enjoyed it here, a good experience. One could only do it at big grounds, grounds that suit you," he said.
The other important key takeaway for Zampa was the manner in which he bowled to international stars, taking the wickets of Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, etc. "It's always nice to be able to express yourself in front of the world. The IPL is one of the biggest tournaments in the world and it is great place to prove yourself. Hopefully more people will see how much I love the contest and I'm not too fazed about what is in front of me," he told cricket.com.au.
Zampa also praised Pune captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for helping him out with suggestions and pointers about the opposition batsmen. "Dhoni knows the batsmen's strengths, especially the Indian ones. He kept talking to me, telling me where to bowl to whom, so that helped," said Zampa.
Giving an example of the strategy he used to take big-hitting Yuvraj Singh's wicket, he said, "My strategy against left-handers is usually to slide it across or bowl the wrong one to them. I knew Yuvraj was going to come hard, and I know he hits the spinners hard. So I bowled the googly for him."
He then showcased similar maturity to take the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as well. "Williamson probably assumed I was going to attack the stumps again. I knew he likes to give himself room and hit it over the off side, so if I decided to throw it a bit more on the off-side, a bit out of his reach," he said.
Despite the big strides he has made in recent months, he remains remarkably humble and readily admits he isn't the most talented cricketer in the world. "To be honest, I am not the most talented cricketer going around, but I just want to push myself. I love a fight and that brings out the best in me," he added.
As the entire country comes together to pay respects to these fallen soldiers, Indian cricketers are also remembering the bravery of those who died to protect the country.
'From scoring innumerable goals to inspiring youngsters', Twitter wishes Dhanraj Pillay as hockey legend turns 53
Pillay was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by the Government of India in 1999. He also received the Padma Shri in 2001 for his contribution and dedication to the sport.
As it had been reported earlier, KL Rahul, who has been doing keeping drills, will don the big gloves for the game.