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Adam Zampa scales historic milestone in T20I cricket; creates all-time record for Australia

Adam Zampa produced another match-winning performance for Australia to win the Player of the Match (POTM) award against Namibia. The leg-spinner had earlier won a Player of the Match award in the game against England.

Written By: Kumar Rupesh @afiestysoul New Delhi Published on: June 12, 2024 9:48 IST
Adam Zampa.
Image Source : AP Adam Zampa.

Australia's premier leg-spinner Adam Zampa has hit his stride in the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup as he continues to showcase the reason why the Aussies rate him so highly in the white-ball formats.

The right-arm leg-spinner bagged another four-wicket haul - the fourth one of his T20I career against Namibia to take Australia into the Super Eight stage of the marquee tournament.

Zampa bagged figures of 4/12 in his four-over spell and reduced Namibia's batting order to dust. Nambia failed to counter Zampa and got bowled out for 72 in just 17 overs before the Australian top-order comprising David Warner (20 runs off eight balls), Travis Head (34* off 17 balls) and Mitchell Marsh (18* off nine balls) made light work of the run chase.

Notably, Zampa's match-winning spell helped him become the first Australian player in history to claim 100 wickets in T20Is. The 32-year-old is already the leading wicket-taker for the Aussies in the format and the latest milestone has added another feather in his cap.

Leading wicket-takers for Australia in T20I cricket

Player Matches Wickets
Adam Zampa 83 100
Mitchell Starc 62 76
Josh Hazlewood 48 64 
Pat Cummins 54 60 
Ashton Agar 47 48
Shane Watson 58 48
Andrew Tye 32 47
Kane Richardson 36 45
Glenn Maxwell 109 40
Mitchell Johnson 30 38

Zampa is 24 wickets ahead of compatriot Mitchell Starc who is the second-leading wicket-taker for the Kangaroos in the shortest format of the game. The New South Wales-born was happy to contribute to the team's success against Namibia but added that the job is far from over.

"To get the win tonight and qualify for the Super Eights, that is a nice feeling. (On his bowling rhythm) Yes and no. I bowled a couple of pies tonight but in general, the ball feels like it is coming out well. Being encouraged to pick up wickets in the middle, particularly by the captain. (Bowling with the breeze) We experienced that in Barbados as well. We know on these wickets that is a challenge. We are happy, it is the first step in trying to take the trophy home but a long way to go (still)," said Zampa while collecting his Player of the Match award during the post-match presentation.

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