Samuel William Billings, who also goes by Sam Billings, was born on 15 June, in the year 1991. He is a proficient and skilled cricketer who plays for England. He also identifies as a wicket-keeper and is a right-handed batsman. His hometown is Pemburg, Kent and he also plays for the Kent County Cricket Club. He began playing for the same at the early age of eight. He was elected as the vice-captain of the team in October 2017 and a couple of months later as the captain in January 2018, in place of Sam Northeast.
Sam Billings is someone who can be trusted as a multifaceted all-rounder when it comes to the field. He carries the ability to analyse the game intently and a wide horizon of scoring shots. He was primarily seen in limited-overs formats for his country. Billings made his Test debut recently in January 2022.
|Full Name||Sam Wiliam Billings|
|ODI Debut||9 June 2015 Vs New Zealand|
|T20 Debut||23 June 2015 Vs New Zealand|
Samuel Billings was born in Pembury, Kent. He was brought up on his own family’s farm which was located in north Kent. He grew up as an all-rounder in the arena of sports which is a corollary of his hard work. He played tennis for Kent and was given trials for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Sam Billings also played racquets, rugby as well as squash.
It is safe to say that sports pretty much ran in his family through generations as Ron Billings, his grandfather was a racquet champion and Tom Billings, his cousin, was a world champion of the same. He plays racquets as it assists him to enhance and forge his batting skills and hand-eye coordination, to begin with.
He finished his education in New Beacon School, Sevenoaks and appeared in Haileybury College, Hertfordshire to pursue his further studies. Throughout his schooling, Billings appeared for cricket First XI regularly. Being nowhere near good enough was what Billings often perceived himself as, and he attributed his university for motivating him to work better.
Sam Billings was named in the team for England Lions in South Africa in the 2014-15 off-season. It marked his debut and he scored 53 against Gauteng Invitation XI. He went on to play for the Lions on the tour. He was named in the provisional squad in the year 2014 for England, just before the 2015 Cricket World Cup and replaced Craig Kieswetter who was injured during that time. He didn’t feature in the final squad for the tournament.
His senior England international debut was made in a One Day International against New Zealand in June 2015. He pulled three runs as a batsman. Sam Billings also made his Twenty20 International debut on 23 June, in the year 2015 and ended up scoring somewhere around 21 runs. Later that summer before appearing in T20I against Australia, he was an unused member of the team.
Sam Billings became a regular player to appear in England ODI, yet he barely was seen in two back-to-back ODI teams until March 2017. He was seen making his England debut in the first T20I as a wicket-keeper in Dubai in November 2015 against Pakistan where he made his maiden International half-century in two dozen throws and got run out at 53. Billings was again crowned man of the match for his impeccable performance.
Sam Billings also played against Pakistan for Lions sometime in January 2016 and against South Africa in the same year. He eventually got selected under the England squad for World Twenty20 2016, where he solely appeared as a substitute fielder and drew the line there. For the 2016 domestic season, Sam Billings was named in a 30-man England Performance Squad.
He played against Sri Lanka for the full England T20 side in 2016 in July. He also played against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A for the Lions side where he scored 175 against the former at Canterbury. He scored 62 runs leading to England’s perfect series win of 2-1 with the England ODI team in October.
Samuel Billings has also pertained to supporting the development of this game through the means of charitable organisations across the globe and has also supported the Lord’s Taverners and the activities they organise where he has also worked with disabilities cricket teams. Billings also launched a cricket ambassador programme roughly about six years ago and holds the title of ambassador for the Taverners. In October 2017, he paid a visit to Rwanda where he played a T20 match which underlined the opening of the stadium.
Sam Billings debuted in the Indian Premier League in 2016 as a part of Delhi Daredevils squad now known as Delhi Capitals. Currently, he is part of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise under the captivity of Shreyas Iyer.