Adam Zampa, the Australian leg spinner was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the IPL auctions last year. The right-arm spinner travelled to the UAE with RCB but did not get too many chances to play. Adam Zampa played only three games in the season where he picked 2 scalps.
But the Australian leggie did get a chance to share the dressing room with RCB skipper Virat Kohli who is also Indian team’s captain and Adam Zampa believes that Virat Kohli is quite different from how everyone expects him to be.
Adam Zampa: Virat Kohli Brings Intensity To Training And Game
Adam Zampa was speaking in an interview on Sydney Morning Herald where the 28-year-old Australian revealed how RCB skipper Virat Kohli had messaged him through social media WhatsApp on the first day of his arrival in the UAE which made him feel like they had known each other all their lives.
“It was the first day I arrived [and], he [Kohli] WhatsApped me, I didn’t have his number. He made it seem as if we had known each other forever,” Adam Zampa said.
The Whatsapp message from Kohli read: “Zamps, here’s the $15 off voucher at a vegan restaurant from Deliveroo, It’s a really good restaurant.”
He said that Virat Kohli is not at all what he is seen on the cricket field once the game gets over.
“He’s absolutely not what you see on the cricket field. He always brings his intensity to training and the game; he loves competition, and he hates losing as much as anyone,” Zampa said.
“He probably shows it more than anyone. Once he’s off the park, he’s the most chilled guy. He’s watching YouTube clips on the bus, and he’ll laugh out loud,” he added.
Adam Zampa has played 58 ODIs and 33 T20Is where he has picked 85 and 36 wickets respectively. In IPL, he has played 14 matches and picked 21 wickets averaging 17.61. His career-best of 6/19 is the third-best figure in IPL.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, is yet to win a trophy for RCB but is leading run-scorer in IPL history with 5878 runs in 192 appearances. He scored 466 runs in 15 games in IPL 2020 averaging 42.36.
Adam Zampa Recalled Incident When Virat Kohli Laughed For 3 Weeks
He further recalled how Virat Kohli continued to laugh over a video of a funny run out shared by Cricket Australia on their Twitter account.
“There was a cricket clip recently from cricket.com.au, it was a funny run out. He was laughing about it for three weeks straight. He loves holding onto jokes like that. He talks about coffee, travelling, food. He’s a really cultured guy. He’s good to talk to, good fun,” Adam Zampa said.
Meanwhile, the Australian spinner and Virat Kohli will face off against each other as India play 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests against Australia. The first Test starting December 17 will be a day-night affair at Adelaide while the first ODI is slated on November 27 at Sydney.