Zampa reveals methodical plans for Kohli success | – ESPNcricinfo

Kohli himself had praised Zampa prior to the series opener. He was asked about the threat Zampa could pose having done well during the course of Australia’s 3-2 series win last year. At the time, Kohli said Zampa’s “mindset” had impressed him.

“He was pretty good last time, when Australia played here,” Kohli had said on Monday. “He was probably one bowler who had more belief than others. Throughout the game, even when he was hit for boundaries, he kept coming at the batsmen and try and get them out, which I think is important for a wristspinner. And his mindset was a standout for them in the last series. And he made those important breakthroughs in the games that they won after having lost two.”

Zampa has gained much respect with his consistency in the BBL and for Australia in the last few years. He has expanded his repertoire and is Glenn Maxwell’s “go to man” for the Melbourne Stars. With the delivery that got Kohli, Zampa showed he does not hold back to flight the ball even on smaller grounds in India, and he mixes things with pace variations that vary from 60 to 90-plus kmh in one over.

He often attacks the stumps to not give batsmen much room, throws in the odd wrong’un, and goes wide of the crease with his quicker deliveries to surprise batsmen further. Zampa said it was not easy to be a wristspinner in the middle overs, compared to T20s, which give you an extra fielder in the deep.

“One of the most important things I have always tried to do is have strong character,” he said. “To be a wristspinner in one-day cricket in the middle overs is not easy at all. It’s probably one of the hardest formats. At least in T20 cricket you have five guys out the whole time and you know that guys are going to attack you. That’s fine. But one-day cricket is a whole different beast. From my point of view character is important.”

Until now it was believed India had to mainly face a strong pace attack led by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, and now there is the added threat of a legspinner the hosts need to also take seriously.