Sam Billings recollects calling Rishabh Pant ‘one of the best younger participant I’ve ever seen’
Both Rishabh Pant and Sam Billings have been members of the 2016 Delhi IPL crew.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has mentioned that Rishabh Pant is one of the best younger participant he has ever seen. The right-handed batsman will likely be taking part in beneath the captaincy of Pant on the Delhi Capitals within the upcoming season of the IPL. Billings has beforehand been a part of the franchise within the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
As a matter of reality, Pant additionally made his first look within the cash-rich league in the identical event. During a current interplay, Billings shared a narrative from the 2016 season, when he noticed the younger Indian wicketkeeper bat for the primary time in Delhi Daredevils’ (now Delhi Capitals’) nets.
Billings recalled how Pant was smashing among the high bowlers on the time. He additionally recalled asking Rahul Dravid, who was the mentor of the Delhi franchise again then, about Pant. The Delhi southpaw was simply 19-year-old then and was recent from the U-19 cricket world cup success with the bat.
Pant was hitting nice bowlers throughout: Sam Billings
“I remember the first time I saw Rishabh play. We had a middle practice, and he was hitting bowlers like Chris Morris, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and a lot of other bowlers everywhere and then I asked Rahul Dravid, ‘Who is this guy?’ And now we all know who Rishabh Pant is and I actually said back then that he’s probably the best young player I have ever seen,” Billings mentioned in a Delhi Capitals press launch.
Billings additional went on to say that he’s completely happy for Pant’s current success. The left-handed batsman has been in high type with the bat. He has additionally been named the captain of Delhi in absence of Shreyas Iyer. “We have seen what he does on a regular basis in the India shirt and also in the Delhi shirt. I am really happy for him and he will go from strength to strength,” mentioned Billings.
Billings was with the England ODI and T20I squad, which performed a sequence in opposition to India not too long ago. He joined the Capitals’ preparatory camp earlier than the 2021 IPL. This will likely be a comeback season for Billings, having not featured within the 2020 season. “It’s great to be back at the IPL. There are a great group of players and the DC camp has been very welcoming,” Billings mentioned.