England’s wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings who helped England win the 1st ODI has said that playing in IPL has helped him tremendously.
At the same time, playing more in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will also help him seal a spot in the England team in the coming years of his career. Billings scored 67 runs in the first ODI and lead his side to a win over Ireland by six wickets.
The ICC T20 World Cup was supposed to take place in Australia this year, unfortunately it was has been postponed to the next year due to the coronavirus. The 29-year-old believes that the upcoming months is going to be crucial for him in terms of making his place permanent in the England team.
“I think that’s something I can potentially offer compared to other players, benefitting from all the different franchise experiences I have had, but specifically the IPL and the relative success I have had on turning pitches in Chennai and Delhi,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Billings as saying.
Billings represents Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and also plays under the leadership of the seasoned captain MS Dhoni. He plays alongside the likes of Imran Tahir and also faced some of the world-class spinners in the tournament that helped him improve as a batsman, especially in terms of playing spin.
“I back my game against spin and it’s definitely something I have got to continue to work hard on. [This] is arguably one of the toughest sports teams to get into as a fringe player at the moment,” Billings said.
“All I can do is take my opportunities when they arise. Building towards the subcontinent, whether that’s the one-day formats or the longer format as well, I think it’s somewhere I could potentially do well,” he further added.
England is already leading the three-match one day series by 1-0 and they will be facing each other again at the Southampton on Saturday.