Overcoming a barrage of physical challenges and illness, Adam Zampa displayed unwavering resolve in the ICC World Cup 2023 match against Paksitan, garnering praise from Pat Cummins and Marcus Stoinis. In Lucknow, he clinched four vital wickets against Sri Lanka, repeating the feat in Bengaluru against Pakistan. These performances spearheaded Australia’s resurgence, following two initial World Cup losses. Zampa’s tenacity and skill have proven instrumental in turning the tide in favor of his team.
Captain Pat Cummins expressed satisfaction with Zampa’s recent performance, crucial in Australia’s defense of their 367-run target at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, notorious for challenging bowlers due to its diminutive boundaries and docile pitch. The Leggie’s exceptional deliveries dismissed both captain Babar Azam and the tournament’s leading run-scorer, Mohammad Rizwan, effectively extinguishing any hopes of a successful chase.
“Yeah, Lazarus [Adam Zampa] has been awesome. He’s been in the bed for the last week or two. He was fantastic, and he just showed his class. He’s a real wicket-taker in the middle. Babar Azam and Iftikhar at the end when he was going – two big wickets.” Cummins told Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
Marcus Stoinis commends Adam Zampa’s performance against Paksitan
Marcus Stoinis, a close friend and teammate of Zampa, lauded the leg-spinner’s exceptional performance in the World Cup, hailing it as his finest spell yet. Stoinis shed light on the 31 year-old’s compromised health before the tournament, highlighting a taxing day for the spinner. It was revealed that New South Wales born would now focus on rest and recovery, gearing up for the upcoming match, aiming to return to full form.
“I’m very happy for Lazarus (laughs). He’s had a flu, he’s had a sore back, he’s had a bad neck and he’s had a bad glute. “But he’s been bowling really well. This game was the best he has bowled, I reckon. So, he will rest up today and come strong tomorrow,” said Stoinis.