Zampa has not been the headline act of this World Cup, actually, he never has been the headline. For most part of his career. Starc and Cummins, other Australian bowlers, manage to make their name in the columns section but it is Zampa who is not much talked about. Does that make him any less of a successful bowler? Absolutely not. In fact, Zampa is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing T20 World Cup since the start of super 12s stage.
I am always underestimated, I thrive on that – Zampa
“I’ve always been underestimated,” Zampa says, with no hint of a smile. “Even as a 15 or 16-year-old growing up in the country, there was always a city guy that was better than me or there’s always been someone that turns their legspinner more than I do. Even after this tournament, there’ll be another series that comes up and I’ll be underestimated again. I kind of do thrive off that.”
“If anything, it has made my role a little bit clearer,” Zampa says. “I know I’m in the team to get wickets through the middle overs and in some cases, depending on the match-ups, I’ll bowl quite late in the innings as well.
“I know my role and I thrive off those challenges. Spin bowling in the middle overs of T20s can be tough work but it’s something I really enjoy. In this tournament in particular, I’ve tried not to be something that I’m not. I know what my strengths are and I do them to the best of my ability. I feel confident with my role in this team… wickets through the middle is what I’m trying to achieve and luckily, so far, I’ve been able to do it.”