Adam Zampa credits former Indian cricketer for success against Virat Kohli
"He has got the experience here and the knowledge."
Updated - Mar 5, 2019 10:00 am
While Australia eventually suffered a crushing six-wicket loss against India in the first ODI, they did have some positives from the game and one of them was the performance of their spinner Adam Zampa. The leg-spinner finished the game with two wickets for 49 runs and it was his wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli that triggered a mini-collapse and revived his team’s hopes. After losing their opener Shikhar Dhawan for a duck in pursuit of 327, India were cruising when Rohit Sharma and Kohli bailed them out of the early trouble.
But just when it looked that the duo would bat Australia out of the game, Zampa turned the game on its head by trapping Kohli for 44. 12 runs later, he accounted for Ambati Rayudu while Rohit’s dismissal was sandwiched between Kohli and Rayudu as India found themselves 4 down for 99 from 87 for 1. But before Zampa could inflict further damage on the hosts, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav shared an unbeaten stand of 141 runs to take India home with ten balls remaining.
But more than the outcome of the match, the duel between Kohli and Zampa has been discussed in the last couple of days. While the duel has definitely not reached the level of Kohli vs Anderson or even Kohli vs Cummins but it certainly looks promising. In last nine innings, Kohli has fallen to Zampa on an alarming four occasions. Interestingly, Zampa has not dismissed any other batsman more than two times. Zampa has dismissed Kohli twice already on this tour.
And as the duo gear up to lock horns once again in Nagpur during the upcoming second ODI, he has revealed the name of the man who has plotted the downfall of Kohli alongside him. He credited Australia’s spin consultant and former Indian spinner Sridharan Sriram for his success against Kohli.
Meticulous planning against Kohli:
“Sri (Sridharan Sriram) has got the experience here and the knowledge,” Zampa was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “In Australia I tend to bowl a little bit more top-spinners and wrong’uns whereas here I’m probably a bit more out the front, a bit of side spin. Sliders with a little bit of leg-spin, I’m finding in the nets it worked. And I got a wicket like that the other night in the first game – Kohli was the one that went straight on.”
The leggie went on to reveal that his side had held extra meetings to discuss their plan against the Indian skipper. “He’s (Virat Kohli) one guy we always spend a little bit of extra time talking about in team meetings,” Zampa said. “It’s good for the confidence, it’s exciting to get a player like that out.”