Virat Kohli won’t want to get out to me again: Adam Zampa
"I'm going to have to bowl even better this game."
Updated - Mar 4, 2019 2:00 pm
India won the first match of the five-match ODI series against Australia in Hyderabad. From the visitors’ perspective, one of their positives from the encounter was Adam Zampa. He gave away only 49 runs in his spell of 10 overs and also got rid of Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, as well as Ambati Rayudu. Kohli was looking ominous when the leg-spinner got his prized scalp.
The 30-year-old from Delhi was batting on 44 runs from 45 deliveries with six boundaries and one over-boundary. However, Zampa trapped him plumb in front to send the right-hander packing. The wicket also ended an important second-wicket stand of 76 runs between Virat and Rohit Sharma, who churned out a rather patient inning of 37 runs from 66 balls with five fours.
It’s exciting to get a player like that out
Kohli’s wicket didn’t come straight away. Zampa wrapped him on the pads and the on-field umpire didn’t rule the decision in the bowler’s favour. The Aussies used the Decision Review System (DRS) and replays showed that Australia’s appeal was well and truly legitimate. Subsequently, the umpire had to overturn his original decision and Zampa breathed a sigh of relief.
In the meantime, Zampa admitted that Australia takes their time in strategizing about Virat and said that dismissing him added to his confidence. The 26-year-old Adam also is wary of the fact that the Indian captain won’t want to give his wicket away to him next time around.
“He’s one guy we always spend a little bit of extra time talking about in team meetings. It’s good for the confidence, it’s exciting to get a player like that out. But it’s also one of those things where he probably won’t want to get out to me again so I don’t know if he’s going to do a bit more thinking about it. I’m going to have to bowl even better this game,” Zampa was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.
The second ODI is scheduled to be played tomorrow at the Vidarbha Association Cricket Stadium in Nagpur.