IND vs ENG: Sam Billings mentioned he desires to be a difficult batsman to bowl at.© AFP
Ahead of the T20I collection towards India, England batsman Sam Billings mentioned that he desires to emulate his skipper Eoin Morgan’s success within the limited-overs cricket and added that he desires to be somebody who’s tough to bowl to. Billings is a part of the 16-member squad that can play the five-match T20I collection towards India slated to start from Friday in Ahmedabad. “You look at Eoin Morgan’s numbers over the last few years and they’ve been absolutely phenomenal. The way he has transformed his game and kept on moving [it] forward is something I really want to emulate and continue. I just want to be tricky to bowl at,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Billings as saying.
Billings feels that if he continues doing his standard issues towards Men in Blue then he’ll get an opportunity to play some huge knocks.
“If I can put pressure on [India’s bowlers] and rotate spin like I do, again, that’s giving myself the best chance to perform. I know it’s going to be a test because they’re world-class performers — [India are] one of the best teams in their home conditions. It’s going to be tough, but it’s a really exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to,” Billings mentioned.
After having an awesome final 12 months for England, Billings is eyeing a spot within the T20I aspect earlier than shifting his focus to the IPL.
“Last year was the best year for me in an England shirt by a mile, because of that consistency. It started against Ireland and I managed to maintain that. That’s the challenge. I’m really excited for the next few months and the opportunities ahead with Delhi at the IPL afterwards as well. I’m in as good a place as I can be to challenge for a spot in the side, and I just want to make a spot my own,” Billings mentioned.
“In what’s been a horrendous time for everyone, how lucky am I to have that in front of me and to look forward to? That’s the mindset I’m going in with. If I play, brilliant, and I’m in a great place to do that. If I don’t, I’ve got a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow and be part of this. There are a lot of people stuck at home during lockdown who would like to be in my position. I think it’s a really good, healthy perspective to have,” he added.
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