England wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) within the IPL 2022 mega public sale for Rs 2 crore and he has proved his price within the ongoing season by making invaluable contributions. In the final sport towards Mumbai Indians, Billings produced a quickfire stumping to ship again the damaging Dewald Brevis, and chipped in with the bat with a knock of 25 runs. Having represented Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals within the IPL beforehand, KKR is the England batter’s third franchise within the cash-rich league. Speaking to NDTV, Billings opened up on the way it has been to symbolize the two-time IPL champions and in what methods, CSK and KKR are related to one another.
“Yeah, I think with the three franchises I have represented in the IPL, CSK obviously incredibly successful. Winning the IPL and also becoming the runners-up. Two years that I really enjoyed. KKR I think have a lot of similarities with CSK in terms of the organisation and consistency on and off the field,” Billings informed NDTV.
“I think it plays a huge part in why both the franchises have been successful. Definitely think Brendon McCullum’s (KKR head coach) fresh positivity is something I have really enjoyed working with so far and definitely a different approach to most coaches which is really good to experience,” he said additional.
So far within the ongoing season, Billings has scored 80 runs from 4 matches. In the primary match of the season towards CSK, Billings shaped an important partnership to take KKR over the road towards the defending champions.
When requested about his equation with head coach McCullum, Billings stated: “Absolutely. That’s the good thing and we have gotten along really well. McCullum makes you feel confident as a player. I think that is such an important thing for any coach, to make players feel valued and have the backing from him so that you can play that attacking and positive brand of cricket.”
Billings additionally revealed that Andre Russell was the one participant he actually needed to share the dressing room with within the KKR setup.
“When you are batting with Andre Russell and he is having his day, it is about putting your ego aside and doing what is best for the team. I am very happy to do that, there would be times when I would be needed to be the aggressor and take the game forward. I think experience helps a huge amount in shifting up and down the gears,” stated Billings.
“I think Andre Russell is the one person I really wanted to share the dressing room with. It is probably a very boring answer. The guy can change the game on his own almost single-handedly out of absolutely nowhere and is just completely a different player to me. His skills are mind-blowing and he is the best on his day,” he added additional.
KKR have received three matches out of 4 and the franchise is at present on the prime of the desk with six factors. Shreyas Iyer’s facet will subsequent sq. off towards Delhi Capitals on Sunday.
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