New Delhi: When Hardik Pandya smashed Adam Zampa for three consecutive sixes in the first ODI, all that the Australian spinner could do was watch the ball sailing and get back to his bowling mark. But the 25-year-old leg-break bowler hopes to win Round 2 when the two players face-off next in the five-match series.
Pandya hit Zampa for 23 runs in an over during his knock of 83 in 66 balls that got India out of trouble to win the opening match of the tour in Chennai last Sunday. He also added 118-runs for the sixth wicket with MS Dhoni, who scored 79.
Pandya followed his knock with two wickets, but it was his batting heroics that got the crowd on its feet and swept the floor from underneath Zampa.
“I pride myself on bowling well under pressure but the other day I did not execute how I would have liked to in the over against Hardik,” Zampa said.
“It would have been important to get him off the strike. Probably I bowled three balls too full. As soon as you miss against a player like Hardik, it’s going to go the distance. He is a very good player.”
Zampa went on to explain how bowling in India is different to bowling in Australia, especially for spinners.
“In Australia, you can mess up your length a little bit and you will probably get away with it purely because of the size (of the ground). Here the length is very important. You never like to be hit for three sixes in a row. But I guess it does happen, probably happened to Shane Warne (as well). As long as you don’t put yourself under too much pressure and learn from those situations, it’s good,” he said.
But Zampa believes he won’t allow Pandya to dominate again.
“Hopefully, I will get him out earlier next time,” the leggie said.
India take on Australia next on Thursday in the second ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, where weather once again may play spoil sport.