‘Completely drained’ Adam Zampa on missing IPL with Rajasthan Royals

Written by Vipin Darwade

Aussie spinner Adam Zampa reveled recently that he opted out of this year’s Indian Premier league (IPL) due to being completely drained from playing cricket regularly in the last year.

“There are several reasons why the IPL wasn’t for me this year. The most important one was the fact that it’s a World Cup year and I’m completely drained from 2023,” the player who was supposed to represent the Rajasthan Royals, said on Willow Talk.

“I did the full IPL last year. Obviously, the World Cup was three months in India as well. I had the best intentions of trying to play the IPL again this year. But once push came to shove, I felt like I just couldn’t really offer the Rajasthan Royals the best version of myself and looking forward to the World Cup, that’s what’s more important to me, that’s for sure,” the off-spinner who was part of the Australian team which won the 50-over World Cup last year, said.

“It came down to my decision being I probably need to put my body and my mental health first. Then you throw other things into the equation as well, like the fact that I’ve got a young family. It’s not easy to spend nine weeks in India in my situation where I’m fighting for my spot in the team as well. It’s not like I can say to myself, ‘Well, that’s alright I’ve got 14 games to prepare for a World Cup’. I don’t know whether or not that’s going to be two games or four games or six games,” he said.

“I kind of worked out that maybe just to rest, putting my family first, putting my body first, was better for me,” he added.The Rajasthan Royals are currently the table toppers in this year’s IPL, having just lost their first match in 5 games against the Gujarat Titans on Wednesday.

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