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England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has admitted that he is excited to play alongside MS Dhoni in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
Billings was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for his base price of INR 1 crore in the second round of the IPL auction.
With Dhoni captaining the franchise, Billings admitted that he wants to pick the 36-year-old’s brain in order to develop his own game.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with (MS) Dhoni, someone who I have admired as a player for a long time as we play in similar roles (’keeper-bat), so looking forward to learning from him,” Billings told the team’s website.
The 26-year-old added that he is delighted to have been selected by the Super Kings, who won back-to-back IPL titles in 2010 and 2011.
“I am hugely honoured to have been picked up by the Chennai Super Kings, one of the most followed and decorated franchises in the Indian Premier League,” he said. “I’m extremely excited to play in such a great side and learn a lot from all the experienced players that we have.
“India has a passion for cricket like no other place in the world and it is phenomenal to be a part of this passion. The attention and knowledge of the people about the game is really amazing.”
While Billings admitted that he will be under pressure to perform, the Pembury native conceded that he is determined to make his presence felt and lead the team to IPL glory once again.
“Ultimately there’s pressure every time you walk to the crease representing anyone,” he said. “It’s more exciting to be a part of this awesome franchise and play with and against the best players in the world.
“That’s why we play the game, to be a part of groups like this and play on the world stage, so I just see it as a hugely exciting and fantastic opportunity to showcase what I can do.”