Sam Billings can be considered as an all-round sportsman in the true sense as he turned down a football trial with Tottenham Hotspur, has played rugby, squash, tennis and a few other racquet sports at a high level.
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick called him Jos Buttler’s’ biggest challenge for England’s wicketkeeper’s post,but Billings has said that he is not relying solely on his wicketkeeping to get a chance in the team.
“It’s a matter of offering as much as you can to your side,” the Kent gloveman told a leading daily.
“I realised that I wouldn’t get an opportunity just keeping wickets, so had to get my batting to a level where it was good enough to play as a batsman and also with my fielding which adds a string to by bow.
“I think it also depends on which team I play for,” Billings added.
Billings, who has played different sports in his early days,said that he was introduced to different sports since his family had a sporting background. Billings’ cousin Tom Billings, is number three in the world in racquet while his grandfather, Ron was a racquets champion at Queen’s Club in west London
“I am from a sports-smart family and all sports have been a part of the family for long.
“Growing up, I was encouraged to play as many sports as possible. Cricket was always the game I shone at and it’s my true passion. Although, I love all sports — especially football and racquet sports — cricket is my strongest sports and thankfully it’s has worked out,” he adds.
Talking about playing in IPL, the Englishman said that sharing the dressing room with some of the game’s greatest players helps the players to learn a lot.Billings is currently playing for Delhi Daredevils
“It’s not about money; it’s about playing against the best players in the world. It has been an unbelievable experience and a huge bonus for me actually. It has been everything I expected and more,” he says.
Billings says he wants to play all the formats of the game and do well.
“I would say ODIs and T20 at the moment, but hopefully, I can progress to play Test match cricket. I think playing in an Ashes series would be a dream come true that would be as big as playing in the IPL,” he concluded.