The IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions recently concluded in Bengaluru. Some top players such as Suresh Raina, Steve Smith and Eoin Morgan went unsold at the event. Australian spinner Adam Zampa is also a big name who did not earn a contract. In this article, we take a look as Adam Zampa responds to not getting picked at IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions that happened recently.
Adam Zampa responds to not getting picked at IPL 2022 Auctions
Zampa has represented teams such as Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL. While he has not done very well for RCB, he was a good signing for RPS. In fact, in one game, he broke a few records by finishing with figures of 6/19. Zampa, who currently stands at No.5 in the ICC’s T20I bowling charts, was one of the best bowlers at the 2021 T20 World Cup. Yet, the player did not receive interest at the auctions. He has now reacted to the same.
Speaking on the Unplayable Podcast, the Aussie leg-spinner said, “International cricket is that and then the next thing after that is the IPL. It’s very hard as an overseas spinner, particularly if you’re just a specialist spinner who’s not so much of a mystery spinner. The mega auction, the way it panned out, they spent a lot of money on fast bowlers, a lot of money on allrounders and even batsmen don’t get great money. They get okay money.”
It is hard for overseas spinners to get an IPL contract
The overseas slot is an important component in an IPL XI. Usually, franchises like to fill them with all-rounders, quality T20 batters and pacers. The spinner has to be of the stature of Rashid Khan or Sunil Narine. Otherwise, foreign spinners usually do not get a chance. If they offer decent batting abilities, like in the case of Wanindu Hasaranga, there could be an opportunity. However, if none of this is possible, pure overseas spinners find it hard because the slot can be taken by a domestic player, even though he might not be as skilled as the foreigner. This is a trade-off teams tend to execute to construct a better-balanced XI.