Sam Billings, England’s limited overs specialist batsman and an exemplary fielder, has taken up the opportunity to learn the finesse of the game from none other than Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni himself. In the upcoming Indian Premier league, Billings hopes to use his stint with the yellow brigade, Chennai Super Kings to polish his skills amongst the high-profile team.
“I’m extremely excited to play in such a great side and learn a lot from all the experienced players that we have. I am very much looking forward to working with (MS) Dhoni, someone whom I have admired as a player for a long time as we play in similar roles (‘keeper-bat). So looking forward to learning from him,” the 26-year-old Kent captain recounted in an interview to CSK’s official website.
Billings expects his encounter with the franchise to be exciting even though he realizes the pressure of walking to the crease, and playing with and against the best players in the world.
“That’s why we play the game, to be a part of groups like this and play on the world stage, so I just see it as a hugely exciting and fantastic opportunity to showcase what I can do,” the England cricketer said.
With the 11th edition of the premier competition starting on April 7 at Wankhede Stadium and CSK facing off against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians, Kashi Vishwanathan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings hopes that Billings would make a big difference to the team being a batsman with ease of batting at any position.
Meanwhile, CSK hopes to improve its winning chances against the blue brigade as they signed up former South Africa cricketer, Eric Simons as bowling consultant to join the staff alongside Stephen Fleming as the coach, Michael Hussey as batting coach and Lakshmipathy Balaji as bowling coach. This edition can be expected to be truly thrilling.