Wrist and reward as Australia look to Zampa in T20 World Cup final | Cricket News – Times of India

Dubai: Known as a whiskey fan and a vegetarian, Adam Jampa will be the focus of his leg-spin box tactics as Australia take on New Zealand in Sunday’s T20 World Cup final.
Australia, who have won the 50-over World Cup a record five times, have never reached the final in the shortest format of the game in six attempts.
But the baby’s mouth jumper, who stands at just 1.75 meters (5 feet 7 inches), is being touted as the growing man to end Australia’s drought.
The 29-year-old wrist spinner is the second highest wicket taker in the tournament.
He has 12 wickets in six games at an average of 10.91 and an impressive economy rate of just 5.69.
Only Sri Lankan leg-spinner Vanindu Hasaranga can boast of better figures with an average of 9.75 in eight matches and 16 wickets at an economy rate of 5.20.
Jampa played a key role in the semi-final win against Pakistan, dismissing in-form captain Babar Azam for 1-22 in his four overs.
He has already claimed the best 5-19 of his career in the group win against Bangladesh.
“I’ve always been underestimated,” said Zampa, who admits to feeding his relatively low-key condition.
“Even growing up in the country as a 15 or 16 year old, there was always a city guy who was better than me or there was always someone who turned their leg-spinner over to me.
“Even after this tournament, there will be another series that will come and I will be underestimated again. I improve on that.”
Compared to the likes of high-profile David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc, Jampa may have come under the radar at the World Cup, but he is his own man.
During Australia’s limited-overs tour of England last year, he helped his teammates through the rigors of bio-bubble life by passing on his passion for whiskey.
“We have a whiskey club. People will bring different bottles at night. Some people like the Japanese. I like the Scottish Highlands,” Jampa told the BBC.
“Pat Cummins and Mitchell Stark are starting to enjoy it and a few more people are starting to squirm.”
The jumper even has a whiskey bottle tattoo on his wrist.
He has taken a vegetarian diet, once appearing in an advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“I’m not a vegetarian to help with my performance,” he told the BBC.
“I did it because I care about animals and the environment. It’s really easy for me because I’m passionate about it.”
There is also interest in jumper on-off hairstyles. In the West Indies this year, she shaved her blonde lock.
He took such a drastic step for the second time in his life. The first close shave was when he was eight.
“When I was eight years old, I went through a small step to change my hair color,” she recalls.
“I actually had red hair, went to the pool, it turned pink and I cried until my mother cut my hair.”


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