Usually, as a bowler, when you see Virat Kohli taking stance on the other end of the pitch, you’re going to feel uneasy. Its not an easy job to deliver against world no. 1 Test and ODI batsman. But, there is one bowler who knows the secret to pick up the Team India skipper’s wicket. Say hello to Adam Zampa, the superstar Australian bowler who has knocked Virat Kohli out six times in white ball formats, and reveals the trick behind it!
India were thrashed by the visitors with a whopping 10 wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. Captain Kohli’s experiment with the batting lineup worked against the team by moving down to 4th. The 31 year old was caught and bowled by Adam Zampa after just scoring 16 runs.
As the two teams are taking each other on tomorrow in the second match of the series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Zampa spoke on his method of taking on the opposition leader.
“It’s going to be an attacking approach. I think if you’re on the back-foot and have a defensive mindset then that’s when he (Kohli) can get on top of you. The most important thing playing in places like India against these guys is to have a little bit of character,” Zampa told reporters.
The 27 year old leg break spinner, who has bowled out Kohli four times in ODI and two times in T20, added that Kohli finds cracking leggies at the early stage of the innings difficult.
He continued: “We basically just find that Virat finds leg-spinners hard to line up early in his innings, to be honest. He’s such a great starter, even the other day he was 16 off 14 or whatever it was, how much energy he brought to the crease, his running between the wickets, some of the cover drives he played off the quicks.”
However, the BBL Melbourne Stars player admitted that his half a dozen times victim is still the toughest opponent to crack.
“He is a very hard guy to bowl to. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever had to bowl to. After game one, he will be even more switched on. It will be a big challenge.” Zampa added.