Sam Billings has praised his skipper Rishabh Pant, saying the 23-year-old is possibly the best young player he has ever seen
England batsman Sam Billings has praised his skipper Rishabh Pant, saying the 23-year-old is possibly the best young player he has ever seen, ahead of the Indian Premier League 2021 season. Billings, who played for the Delhi franchise in the IPL in 2016 and 2017, returned to the Delhi camp after being acquired for Rs 2 crore in the IPL auction in February. In 187 T20I matches, the English wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 3,527 runs, taken 107 catches, and effected 17 stumpings, and he expressed his excitement to be a part of the Delhi Capitals squad for the 2021 season.
“It’s wonderful to return to the IPL. The community of players is fantastic, and the DC camp has been very welcoming. I’m very happy to be here “In a statement released by the Delhi Capitals, he said. Billings, who spent a lot of time with Pant during his previous tenure with the team, recalled his first time seeing him bat.
“I recall seeing Rishabh perform for the first time. “Who is this guy?” I asked Rahul Dravid (then Delhi franchise mentor) during a middle practice session when he was hitting bowlers like Chris Morris, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and a slew of other bowlers everywhere. We all know who Rishabh Pant is now, and I said back then that he’s probably the best young player I’ve ever seen. We’ve seen what he can do in both the India and Delhi shirts on a regular basis. I am extremely pleased for him, and I am sure that he will continue to grow “Billings said.
With the Delhi Capitals, the 29-year-old hopes to win the IPL 2021 this year.
“The IPL is one of my favorite sports leagues. It’s one of the best tournaments in the world, and the hype about the IPL is something you can’t find anywhere else, so I’m looking forward to returning to the tournament. After my last appearance for Delhi, my game has vastly improved. Hopefully, we will be able to rally as a team and win the competition this year “he said
Pant was appointed captain of the Delhi Capitals on Tuesday, ahead of the start of the tournament on April 9. After regular skipper Shreyas Iyer injured his left shoulder during the recently concluded India-England ODI series, Pant will take over as captain for the 14th edition of the tournament.
On April 10, the Delhi Capitals will face the Chennai Super Kings in their first match of the IPL 2021 season at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.