IPL 2017: Rahul Dravid Advised Me Endure With Pressure At Top Level, Says Sam Billings

Born in Pembury, the England international Sam Billings has not had a great IPL [Indian Premier League] so far with just one fifty to his name in six matches. But his tribe with Delhi Daredevils in the past two IPL seasons has taught him a thing or two about international cricket and no better man to help him than Delhi Daredevils batting mentor legendary Rahul Dravid. Billings is not exactly in search of "gold dust" whenever he speaks to Rahul Dravid but purely chatting about the game with the Indian great has helped him deal better with the vagaries of international cricket.

 

"I think it's more about the mental side of the game. It is not necessarily a technique thing. To play international cricket, in any case, you need a solid enough technique to get to that point. It's about the mindset. He speaks about having that patience so that you can catch up towards the end, just chatting to him about cricket," Billings told PTI during an interaction.

He also spoke about certain batting drills against spinners that Rahul Dravid made him go through and how they helped his game.

"Rather than batting on a decent track, Dravid just moves the stumps back so that the ball is pitching on the rough more. It's turning a bit more. He is always trying to push your game to the next level. He is indeed a great man to have," Billings said.

Having made it to England's ICC Champions Trophy team, the Sydney Sixers batsman is confident that he can be an integral part of the country's "white ball cricket".

"No doubt that I am capable of being a part of white-ball cricket in England, I am getting closer and closer. Hopefully, I will get a white ball contract, that's the aim but firm aspirations are on playing Test cricket."

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