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Sam Billings expresses desire to play in Big Bash League

Sam Billings expresses desire to play in Big Bash League
Sam Billings has participated in PSL and IPL tournaments as well.
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England batsman Sam Billings has expressed his eagerness to take part in the upcoming season of the Big Bash League in Australia if he is presented with the chance.

Billings, who made his international debut for England in 2015, is currently part of the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

In three innings for the Delhi Daredevils in this season, Billings has 84 runs, including a fifty in his debut match against the Kolkata Knight Riders on 30th April.

Earlier this year, Billings was also the part of Islamabad United's victorious campaign in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Terming Australia as one of his favourite places, Billings is hoping that with hard work, he will be able to make his way into the Big Bash League.

"Well, if the opportunity arises, I would love to play in the Big Bash," Billings told cricket.com.au.

"It looks an awesome spectacle.

"I went to Adelaide some time ago and spent a lot of time there.

"Australia is one of my favourite places on the planet.

"I have played in the PSL, where my side won the tournament.

"Hopefully we can win another with Delhi Daredevils.

"Who knows a few doors will open as long as I keep working hard."

Speaking about his experience in the IPL, Billings said that playing cricket in front of passionate fans has been a memorable journey.

"The IPL has been everything I expected, and more.

"It is probably the leading franchise tournament in the world, and has set the bar high in terms of competition.

"Others like Big Bash are not too far behind, I think.

"But to play in a country where fans are so passionate about cricket is fantastic.

"It has been an amazing ride."

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is the mentor of the Delhi Daredevils and Billings is in awe of the way the 43-yea-old keeps calm despite being one of the most loved cricketers in India.

Revealing that Dravid has advised him to keep working hard in the nets, Billings said that the batting legend has helped him to develop as a proper middle order batsman.

"He is amazingly chilled out considering that he is almost a demi-god here.

"He cannot go anywhere without people wanting a photo.

"And I have just one per cent of the pressure on me as compared to him.

"So his advice has been to just chill and keep things in perspective as long as you are putting the hard yards in the nets.

"He also told me not to undersell myself in terms of a role in the batting line-up.

"Instead of just whacking it at no.6/7, he has helped me develop into a proper batsman in the middle order.

"Doing that you have a lot of options to bat at no.3, 4 or 5."

Delhi Daredevils are currently placed sixth in the points table with six wins from 12 matches and have two games left to push for a play-off berth.

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