Adam Zampa credits a verbal lashing from teammate Tim Paine for sparking the competitive fires that made Zampa bowl so proficiently in Australia’s recent T20 victory over India.
Paine is not the only one to have a go at Zampa, but it was with the bat that India’s Hardik Panda chose to punish Zampa in the series opener.
Zampa was actually dropped after the first T20 and was recalled only because left-arm tweaker Ashton Agar broke his finger. That respite did not suffice to motivate Zampa, however, as he failed to do anything of note in two dead rubbers.
Paine was watching the proceedings from Australia. According to Zampa, Tim Paine said from watching from afar in Australia, I didn’t look my usual self. How I usually am in the Big Bash — that competitive side,” Zampa said. “I don’t like hearing that about myself so I was pretty fired up about that.”
Indeed. He immediately took 2 – 19 off his four overs in the second game in which Australia leveled the series at one apiece.
Paine is considered one of Australia’s finest glovemen, so when he takes bowlers aside to impart some wisdom, he generally has their ears.
In his second wicket, Zampa baffled Kedar Jadhav with a spinner that left Jadhav with no option other than to glance back at his stumps in hopes of a miracle.
Some consider the 24-year-old Zampa to be a bit on the green side when it comes to international cricket and his being dropped after the first match was a sharp blow. “It was personally disappointing, you always want to play,” Zampa said of being dropped.“It’s so annoying when you have to run drinks and do all that other crap.”
Zampa will get an opportunity to prove that his selection was no mistake when India and Australia play the series decider Friday in Hyderabad.