Babar Azam is a huge wicket, same as Virat Kohli for India – Adam Zampa￼
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa said that the wicket of Babar Azam is always a crucial one and also added that he has got a ‘good tempo for ODI cricket’.
While talking to the media after the end of the first ODI, the 29-year-old was delighted that all the players availed most of the opportunities and outclassed Pakistan in the first ODI.
“It’s obviously a huge challenge; (Babar Azam) has got an excellent tempo for ODI cricket. In particular, he broke a record tonight, (scored) 4000 runs pretty quickly, so he is great for this format. He is a big wicket, same as Virat Kohli is for India,”Zampa said.
“It’s not ideal when a couple of guys go down, especially two guys that we are going to play, Ashton Agar and Josh Inglis, were looking forward to playing competitive cricket, but this is how the world is at this moment. The guys who have come in have all contributed,”he added.
Adam Zampa was quite impressed with the ball last night to steal the show, took 4-38 in 10 overs. He also achieved the milestone of 100 wickets in his 65th ODI.
Zampa took the wickets of Mohammad Rizwan (10), Hasan Ali (2), Mohammad Wasim (0), and Khushdil (19). He was also satisfied with his spin bowling partner Mitchell Swepson as he showed some real nerves on his ODI debut against Pakistan.
“Swepson is obviously getting better and better. It’s been a really tough couple of years for Mitch. He has been running a lot of drinks and been waiting for his opportunity, obviously, he has played a couple of T20Is, but I think he bowled really well in Test series without much reward,”Zampa stated.
“In tonight’s ODI debut, I think 2/50 odd with the biggest wicket in the Pakistan side (is a great success), so he was under the pump too when he got that wicket, he was getting hit for sixes probably struggling to get into his spell, and he held his nerve which is what you got to do on this level. He bowled really well tonight, and I love playing with Mitch,”Zampa added.
“I am not sure what conditions will be like for the World Cup. We have experienced quite a lot (of dew) now in T20 games and ODIs where you bat first and defend a total with the wet ball, so that was the case tonight. The ball got really wet. I thought the guys did an excellent job to build pressure,”Zampa stated.
The 29-year-old also talked about the dew factor and its impact on the match further talked about the fantastic job that his teammates have done with the wet ball under lights.
“Obviously, the quicks did an outstanding job, bowled economically, and we got wickets at the right time. It always feels like you are under the pump when you are bowling with the wet ball, trying to defend a total, but I think when you get the job done, it’s really satisfying – those wins feel really good,”Zampa said.