Sam Billings banking on IPL expertise to play 2023 World Cup in India

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Sam Billings believes England ODI aspect is without doubt one of the hardest to interrupt into however mentioned he’s banking on his IPL expertise to remain in competition for the upcoming two World Cups in India.

Drafted into the crew following a back damage to Joe Denly, Billings smashed an unbeaten 67 to information England to a six-wicket win over Ireland within the opening ODI on Thursday.

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With India scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and the 50-over World Cup in 2023, Billings feels his means to play spin will maintain him in good stead.

“I think that’s definitely something that I can potentially offer compared to other players. My game against spin has benefited from all the different franchises I have experienced, particularly the IPL,” Billings, who has performed for Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, was quoted as saying by Skysports.

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“I have had relative success on turning pitches in Chennai and Delhi. I back my game against spin and I have to continue to work hard. In ODI format or longer format, the subcontinent is somewhere I think I can do well. The longer format is one I want to push my case in if I get the opportunity.”

The 29-year-old, who has performed 16 ODIs and 26 T20Is, by no means acquired a daily enjoying time with England since making his debut in 2015 however he grabbed the chance with each arms when he was included within the enjoying XI in opposition to Ireland.

“In a nutshell, my career hit a heavy speed bump last year (with the injury) so for me it’s about building that momentum back up,” mentioned Billings, who missed out of the 2019 World Cup campaign on account of a shoulder damage.

“It’s been very up down (with England), I suppose, over the last five years. I played five ODIs against New Zealand straight after the last World Cup in 2015 and then 10 since then and July 2018.

“The opportunities have been sporadic but England’s ODI side is arguably one of the toughest sports teams to get into at the moment so all I can do is take my opportunities when they arise.”

In the primary ODI, Billings arrive out to bat at No 5 and shared an unbroken partnership of 96 with captain Eoin Morgan as England achieved the goal of 173 with greater than 22 overs to spare.

“I have (done well in middle order) consistently over the last five years … so it’s a role I enjoy. It’s a very tough role. You have to be very adept. You can come in three or four down very early on and steady the ship or you can come in for the last five overs nd everyone expects you to get 40 off 10 balls,” mentioned Billings.

[Attribution HT]

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