Sam Billings Profile
Sam Billings is an English cricketer, born 15th June 1991 in Kent. A right-handed wicket-keeper batsman by nature, Billings is also known for his brilliant fielding antics. Such is his skill in the outfield, that he is sometimes seen abandoning the gloves to save some runs at the boundary for his side.
Billings is also known for his support towards developing cricket by charitable organizations worldwide. He has worked with disabilities cricket teams and is a patron of cricket in Rwanda in Africa.
A brilliant all-round sportsman, Sam Billings juggled with football, rugby, tennis and squash before finally settling on cricket. Whilst at university, Billings played for Loughborough MCCU before playing for his home side, Kent in the English County.
Suited for the limited overs game, Billings shone bright in the ODI and T20 matches and was the top scorer for his team in the 40-over and T20 format in 2012.
In the year 2013, he replaced Geraint Jones in domestic T20 tournaments as well as county championship for Kent. He was the leading run scorer in Royal London One-Day cup in 2014.
He scored 693 runs at an average of 30 in the 2015 Championship County which prompted his selection 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup provisional squad.
Although a member of the provisional squad in the World Cup, Billings did not get to play for the national side. But when he annihilated Somerset bowlers in the process of scoring an unbeaten 135 from 58 balls, the English selectors could no longer ignore him.
He made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2015 at the age of 23. He scored only 3 runs on his debut and did not impress much in the 5-match series.
He made his T20 debut in the series that followed and scored 21 in his first match. Although, he was a regular choice in the team for the limited over formats, he played infrequently and never more than two matches in a row after his debut.
Rise to Glory
When Sam Billings was given a chance to prove his worth behind the stumps, he did not disappoint. On his wicket keeping debut in a T20 match against Pakistan in 2015, Billings took two catches and completed one successful stumping. He also scored a blistering 50 at a strike rate of more than 200 and earned himself his first Man of the Match award.
In 2016, he played a prolific domestic season for Kent. He made the record of becoming the second Kent wicket-keeper to take seven catches in an innings. Billings also made his career best 171 during this season in a match against Gloucestershire.
The year 2016 also saw him scoring his highest List-A score of 175 in a match against Pakistan at Canterbury. He showed his ODI prowess in the series against Bangladesh in October 2016; where he scored his maiden half century in the final match and carried his team to a 2-1 series win.
In 2017, he began playing back to back ODIs for the national team and was given the onus of vice-captaincy for his domestic side, Kent.
Sam billings was bought by Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League in 2016 and was retained for the 2017 as well. In the Indian Premier League, he debuted for Delhi Daredevils in 2016, scoring a half century in the very first match.
He was retained by Delhi Daredevils for the 2017 season too. He played for Sydney Sixers in 2016-17 Big Bash league in Australia.
At the 2018 IPL auctions, he was bought by Chennai Super Kings for his base price of Rs. 1 crore.