Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa raised a quite a lot of eyebrows on Sunday when he was seen putting his hands inside his pocket and then rubbing the ball during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against India at The Oval in London. Photos and videos of the same have been going viral on social media giving rise to speculations that the leg-spinner might have been trying to alter the conditions of the ball.
Australian captain Aaron Finch however rubbished all such claims in the post-match conference saying that Zampa carries hand warmers in his pocket.
“I haven’t seen the photos, but I know that he has hand warmers in his pocket. He has them every single game he plays. I honestly haven’t seen them (the images), so I can’t comment too much on it. But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game,” Finch was quoted saying by cricket.com.au.
The leg spinner never really got a grip in the match and was hit all over the park by the Indian openers. He ended with figures of 0/50 after bowling only six overs of the allowed quota of 10.
“I think he just started his spell poorly today, which gave them an opportunity to get on top of him, and when you’re bowling to world-class players and they get on top of you early, it can be quite hard to come back,” Finch said on his performance.
With multiple good partnerships between the top order batsmen, Finch also said that Zampa did not quite upset the batsmen as by the time he had been bowling to them, they had already settled themselves into the game, the lack of which had seen him excel against the same opposition in a bilateral tournament earlier this year.
“He never had the chance to really bowl at a new batter a hell of a lot, which probably was the difference in the Indian series where we managed to get some wickets up front and there would be an opportunity that he could really go to work on a new batter,” Finch concluded.
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