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IPL 2019: Continuity Allows us to Play With Freedom: Billings

Chennai Super Kings batsman Sam Billings on Tuesday said the collective effort was behind the team's triumph in the 2018 edition of IPL as different players stepped up at various occasions.

PTI |March 19, 2019, 9:50 PM IST
IPL 2019: Continuity Allows us to Play With Freedom: Billings

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings batsman Sam Billings on Tuesday said the collective effort was behind the team's triumph in the 2018 edition of IPL as different players stepped up at various occasions.

"What stood out for me was that ours was a collective effort," the England cricketer, who made his debut for CSK last season, was quoted as saying on franchise's official website.

"Of course, there were a couple of standout performances like (Ambati) Rayudu's consistency and (Shane) Watson's brilliance. Although, actually, if you look at the different games that we won, it was different players at different times stepping up," Billings said.

He said it was phenomenal team effort last year and hoped for more of the same this year.

"It was phenomenal how much of a team effort it was.

Hopefully, more of the same this year," he added.

Billings is training with the rest of the squad at the M A Chidambaram stadium here ahead of the IPL-12 opener between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23.

The dashing England batsman said continuity helped, adding one grows in confidence knowing that people back you, referring to the CSK's decision to retain 23 members from the previous season.

"Continuity helps immensely, certainly as individual players, but also as a group, you grow in confidence knowing that people ultimately back you. It allows you to play with freedom and enjoy it," he added.

Billings also spoke about captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's calming influence on the team and said his clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing.

"His clarity of thought the whole time is astonishing, knowing what you need to do at that very moment and not get ahead of yourself. It feeds off to other players," he said.

Meanwhile, CSK players sweated it out at training on Tuesday. Dhoni batted at the nets and went for big shots while coach Stephen Fleming kept a watch on proceedings.

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who shone in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) and West Indies veteran Dwayne Bravo, who linked up with the squad on Monday, also took part in the training session.

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