Sam Billings
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Sam Billings of England celebrates reaching his century during the 1st Royal London One Day International Series match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford on September 11, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Sam Billings hopes 2021 IPL Will Help in T20 World Cup Preparation

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Sam Billings hopes the IPL 2021 will help in T20 World Cup preparation.

England wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings has recently shared that the upcoming edition of the India Premier League (IPL) could possibly provide a platform to prepare for the T20 World Cup which is slated to take place later this year. However, he is well aware that he will get a limited chance due to the strong squad in the Delhi Capitals.

Notably, the 29-year-old was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 crore at the mini-auction last month in Chennai as well.

“You look at the squad that Delhi have, and especially the overseas options: you could go with any combination and it would be a successful one,” Billings told ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

“The competition for places is phenomenal: they obviously got to the final last year, so game time might be limited, but it comes back to the point of preparing for a World Cup and giving myself the best chance in these conditions to prepare for that,” he further added.

‘Who is this kid?’: Sam Billings on Rishabh Pant

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Delhi Capitals, who had finished as runners up in the last edition, would love to start from there and expect to have a better result this season as well.

While last year, they have the combination of South African pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and big-hitter of West Indies Shimron Hetmyer for overseas players’ spots, this year they have added former Australia captain Steve Smith, England duo – Tom Curran and Sam Billings into the squad as well.

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However, Sam Billings also recalled an incident of the past when he was a part of the Delhi franchise way back in 2016 and 2017. He recalled when he first time saw the flamboyant Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.

“With Pant, I played with him for 2 years when I was in Delhi. I turned to Rahul Dravid and asked ‘who is this kid?’ “He was smacking Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Morris, Rabada everywhere in the open net.

I was just thinking ‘this is unbelievable!’ and that year he lit up. It’s been great to see him evolve as a cricketer and to be in the same team as him again would be great,” Sam Billings revealed.

Meanwhile, the right-handed batsman is ready to play with India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, who claimed 32 and 27 wickets respectively in the recently-concluded four-match Test series against England and has been in a prolific form as well.

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