Player Profile

Samuel William Billings
England
Born June 15, 1991 ( 29 Yrs )
Birth Place Pembury, Kent
Height
Known As
Player Role WK-Batsman
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style

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


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

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.

By Hariprasad Sadanandan


Career

ODI debut vs New Zealand at Edgbaston, Jun 09, 2015
Last ODI vs Ireland at The Rose Bowl, Aug 04, 2020
T20 debut vs New Zealand at Emirates Old Trafford, Jun 23, 2015
Last T20 vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Nov 10, 2019
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

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 18 15 2 403 67 31 431 93.5 0 0 3 49 2
T20 26 23 3 348 87 17.4 255 136.47 0 0 2 33 11
Test 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
IPL 22 19 0 334 56 17.58 250 133.6 0 0 3 31 10

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 18 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
T20 26 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
Test 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
IPL 22 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0