Every cricketer, especially Indian players, is eagerly waiting to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 which is scheduled to start on 19th September in UAE. Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries have already started training camp but India is yet to organize the national camp amid the ongoing pandemic. Sam Billings, who is the former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player, has opined that he does not doubt that MS Dhoni would be raring to play the T20 league.
MS Dhoni hasn’t played a competitive match for over a year. He last played for India in the disheartening World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand, where the team lost the match by 18 runs though Dhoni scored a half-century.
The former Indian captain was set to feature in IPL 13, which was earlier scheduled to start from 29th March, but the virus halted all the plans. Currently, Dhoni is enjoying the break with his wife Sakshi Dhoni and daughter Ziva.
Now, as cricket has made its way back, the wicketkeeper-batsman had the opportunity to get back to the ground later this year.
Sam Billings on MS Dhoni:
The England cricketer Sam Billings, who played for CSK in 2018 and 2019 season, said that MS Dhoni’s experience with the age has made him the better cricketer. He also applauded the CSK skipper’s cricket brain and added that Dhoni would be most eager to play the cash-rich league.
“I think that’s the benefit of experience. Obviously, we have all had a layoff with this (pandemic) and I also had my injury last year. But for me, I think that’s the benefit of franchise tournaments that you, as an individual have to get ready, whether it’s a week or maybe two weeks, very short notice you have to prepare for an upcoming tournament,” Sam Billings told Cricbuzz.
“With experience, you get to know what you need as an individual and there’s no better person than MS himself who knows his game,” he added.
“He will absolutely be raring to go and I think, like anything in that role, you get better with age and experience does really help,” he said.
Billings pulled out of the 2020 IPL auction and said he would focus on county cricket after being left out of England’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. Notably, CSK released him ahead of the auction in 2019.