Adam Zampa © Getty Images
Adam Zampa © Getty Images

It will not be surprising to see Australians licking their lips and thanking their stars for having unearthed another spinner who can excel in the subcontinent. After handing out countless caps in their unsuccessful search of a spinner who could provide another dimension to their bowling attack, Australians have settled down easily with Nathan Lyon emerging as their most successful off-spinner. But if early signs are anything to go by, Australia have a great possibility to diversify their spin attack with Adam Zampa. But a cautious approach with the IPL-record-maker will serve them greatly. Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 40 at Visakhapatnam

Zampa’s successful show in the Match No. 40 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 is not surprising. The surprise factor, in fact, hovers over Ravichandran Ashwin’s inability to get more than 1  wicket when Zampa got 6. There could have been 7 had RP Singh been slightly more athletic to take a regulation catch on the penultimate ball of the innings. Zampa returned with the figures of 4-0-19-6, which turns out to be the first five-wicket haul of ninth IPL edition.

The right-handed spinner showed promise in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016, wherein he made most of the chances on spinning wickets. At Dharamsala, against New Zealand, he bowled only 1 over for 3 runs. But it was due to his standout performances against Bangladesh and Pakistan later in the tournament — against subcontinent teams whose batsmen are expected to do well against spin — Zampa registered figures of 3 for 23 and 2 for 32 respectively off his 4 overs. ALSO READ: Adam Zampa 6-for rips apart Sunrisers Hyderabad against Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2016

It was not the wickets column that attracted the eye. Zampa bowled with control — an extremely important factor for leg-spinners — and dared the batsmen to hit him. He largely remains an unknown entity, but in whatever amount of cricket Zampa has played he has dared to flight the ball, challenged the batsmen to go for their shots, often foxing them in the air. Zampa has played on batsmen’s mentality to go for their shots and get desired results, albeit, in his favour.

The game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was only the second IPL 2016 match for Zampa. He had played one earlier against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), taking 2 wickets. But maybe they were not enough to win the confidence of his side and the management to feature in more games.

For Zampa to have a ‘bright future’ (words spoken by opposition captain and his Australian teammate David Warner), it will require a perseverance policy from Australia. Like the rest, they too have tried new things and given up on them all of a sudden. For example, Ashton Agar was taken all the way to India for the T20 World Cup 2016, given one match (against New Zealand at Dharamsala), and taken off their plans after only 1 over in which he was hit for mere 11 runs (others get hit for even more) by Martin Guptill.

If Australia fancy their chances with Zampa in the future — they have a tour coming up to India in 2016-17 and before that a Test series in Sri Lanka — they will have to give him all the backing and ample amount of chances for him to come good. The certificate of talent has already been stamped in the IPL and after a few outings in the T20 World Cup 2016.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)