Adam Zampa has been in sublime form, having taken 12 wickets in IPL 2016 © Getty Images
Adam Zampa has been in sublime form, having taken 12 wickets in IPL 2016 © Getty Images

Australia‘s new leg spinning sensation Adam Zampa has dismissed any comparisons with former great Shane Warne, claiming the Australian legend is one of a kind. The young Zampa broke into the Australian ODI side only this February in a game against New Zealand. Soon, he also made his bow in the T20I format, and was the leading spinner for Aussies in the T20 World Cup 2016, scalping 5 wickets in four matches. Even in the recently concluded IPL 2016, Zampa was simply breathtaking, picking up 12 wickets in just five matches at an economy rate of less than 7. Such performances led to widespread praise, including comparisons with Warne by Yuvraj Singh. ALSO READ: Adam Zampa’s 6 for 19 in IPL 2016, and the best figures in T20 cricket

But Zampa, who will feature for Australia in the tri-series in West Indies dismissed any comparisons.  “Most people who say that probably just see my smooth run up and don’t actually see the ball come out of my hand,” he said.

“There’s only one Shane Warne and there’s probably only ever going to one guy like him who can bowl as many strong leg breaks all day for five days straight. It’s pretty unheard of. He was so big and so strong and his leg spinner was just unbelievable. It’s something to strive towards, but I’m a long way off that. My run up is similar but that’s about it.”

He also hopes to make the most of his chances, knowing a place in the limited-over set-up is up for grabs. “The conditions (in the Caribbean) are going to suit me from what the boys have told me. I’ve only played the two ODIs and I think I did pretty well at the Twenty20 World Cup so moving forward hopefully I can continue to do well,” he said.

“I think there’s something like 20 ODIs in the next 12 months so if I do well and cement that spot, it’s going to be a pretty exciting 12 months for me. Hopefully that cements my spot even more into the future. (A white-ball specialist) is probably the way some people look at me at the moment, but in the last two or three years I haven’t played that much four-day cricket anyway.

“The opportunities I’ve been given and the way I’m bowling now compared to 12 months ago – which is about three Shield games ago for me – I think I’m a much better bowler now. I know I’m a much better bowler now then I was back then.

“I’m happy to be playing one-dayers and T20s, but I’d be disappointed in myself if I felt like I wasn’t improving. I feel like that’s happening so if that continues then I’m happy.”