Sam Billings

England

Personal Information
Born
Jun 15, 1991 (29 years)
Birth Place
Pembury, Kent
Height
Role
WK-Batsman
Batting Style
Right Handed Bat
ICC Rankings
                      Test         ODI    T20
Batting            —           95       —
Bowling          —           —         —
Career Information
Teams
Kent, England, England Lions, Islamabad United, Delhi Capitals, Sydney Sixers, Durban Qalandars, Chennai Super Kings, World XI, Kandahar Knights, Bengal Tigers, Northern Warriors, Team Morgan, Team Vince, Sydney Thunder, Team Buttler, Pune Devils
Coming from the illustrious county of wicket-keeper batsmen, Sam Billings is the modern definition of that category. Highly vibrant in nature and also in mobility, he is a livewire behind th…
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Batting Career Summary
MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s
ODI2118258611836.6262793.46104676
T20I302743918717.0293133.450023712
IPL221903345617.58250133.60033110
Bowling Career Summary
MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
ODI21
T20I30
IPL22
Career Information
ODI debut
vs New Zealand at Edgbaston, Jun 09, 2015
Last ODI
vs Australia at Emirates Old Trafford, Sep 16, 2020
T20 debut
vs New Zealand at Emirates Old Trafford, Jun 23, 2015
Last T20
vs Australia at The Rose Bowl, Sep 08, 2020
IPL debut
vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Apr 30, 2016
Last IPL
vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Apr 17, 2019
Profile
Coming from the illustrious county of wicket-keeper batsmen, Sam Billings is the modern definition of that category. Highly vibrant in nature and also in mobility, he is a livewire behind the stumps while also possessing the ability to dominate the bowling from the word go. Unlike some glovemen, Billings is an extremely good fielder as well – an advantage that comes from having a naturally athletic body. An average above 40 in List A cricket isn’t that eye-catching in today’s era but to achieve that at more than run-a-ball definitely is. That’s what Sam Billings has managed to do in County cricket.

Billings’ first-class numbers are underwhelming as he just isn’t made for red-ball cricket. At least not yet. Branded as a future limited-overs superstar for England, he made his way up the ranks after having debuted in 2011 across all three forms in the county circuit. As mentioned earlier, Billings had a penchant for the shorter forms and that’s where he started making a statement. The 2012 season was a fantastic one for him as he topped the charts in 40-over cricket and T20s across England. Later in 2014, he became the top run-scorer in the Royal London One-Day Cup – an achievement that forced his name into the minds of the national selectors.

England’s 2015 World Cup disaster did result in a massive overhaul that has changed the dynamics of their white-ball fortunes ever since. The emphasis on fearless and attacking cricket saw Billings also getting a national call up. However, he had to mostly remain on the fringes due to the depth and performances of the new-look England side. Primarily a middle-order batsman who is equipped with finishing skills, Billings was forced to open the innings quite a few times to earn a spot in England’s playing XI. His career for the Three Lions so far has been a mixed bag in terms of numbers but he is yet to get the long rope. Billings’ 360-degree stroke play makes him a tempting option to have in the squad.

With Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler as competition, it’s really tough for Billings to break into the XI as a wicket-keeper batsman. The challenge then for him will be to qualify as a pure batsman (which he certainly can) and then use his keeping skills as a backup. Unlike most England batsmen, Billings is a fine player of spin with excellent footwork. This quality holds him in good stead for the team’s sub-continental challenges but he would surely want to be known as a player for all conditions. He has featured in popular T20 leagues like the IPL, BBL and PSL. His skill set and athletic frame make him a fine package for the shortest form.

IPL through the years

Sam Billings was picked up by Delhi Daredevils in 2016, for whom he played two seasons. However, he did not get many opportunities and scored a fifty in each season. He was released into the auction pool for 2018. CSK bought him for his base price of 1 crore and the England international immediately clicked for them as he won a game against KKR from a tough situation – he made 56 runs off just 23 balls – in a high-pressure run chase. Billings was a given a decent run, but he failed to convert starts and eventually lost his place to Faf du Plessis towards the business end of the tournament. He was retained for the 2019 edition by the franchise.