|Sam Billings Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||June 15, 1991|
Sam Billings is an English professional cricketer who has primarily represented his country in the shorter formats of the sport (ODIs and T20Is), as a middle-order batter and wicket-keeper. As of March 2022, he had also played a solitary test match for England, against Australia, in January 2022. He was a part of the English squad that had reached the final of the 2016 ICC World T20. In the English domestic circuit, he has played for Loughborough MCCU (2011–2012) and Kent County Cricket Club (2011–Present) across all 3 formats. In October 2017, he was appointed the vice-captain of the latter team and then the captain in January 2018. A hard-hitting middle-order batsman, he has been featured in franchise-based T20 leagues around the world, turning out for Islamabad United (2016–2017) in the PSL (Pakistan Super League); Delhi Daredevils (2016–2017), Chennai Super Kings (2018–2019), Delhi Capitals (2021), and Kolkata Knight Riders (2022-Present) in the IPL (Indian Premier League); and Sydney Sixers (2016-17–2017-18) and Sydney Thunder (2020-21–2021-22) in the BBL (Big Bash League). He has also played for Oval Invincibles (2021) in The Hundred, a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament that was introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a new format of cricket that was played for the first time in July and August 2021.
Samuel William Billings
Sam, Bilbo, Billo, Rupert
Pembury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Kent, England, United Kingdom
Sam had attended The New Beacon Preparatory School, an independent all-boys preparatory school in Sevenoaks, Kent. He had later studied at the Haileybury and Imperial Service College, an independent school near Hertford, Hertfordshire.
Thereafter, he had studied for a degree in sports and exercise science at Loughborough University, a public research university in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
- Mother – Annie Billings
- Siblings – Alice Billings (Sister)
- Others – Ron Billings (Grandfather) (Former Racquets Player), Tom Billings (Cousin) (Racquets Player)
Middle-Order Batter, Wicket-Keeper
- 7 – Test Match, One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I), Kent County Cricket Club (English Domestic Cricket), Delhi Daredevils (IPL), Sydney Thunder (BBL), Delhi Capitals (IPL), Oval Invincibles (The Hundred)
- 77 – Chennai Super Kings (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Sam has dated –
- Sarah Cantlay (2015-Present) – Sam had started dating Sarah Cantlay in February 2015 and the couple got engaged in November 2021.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of British descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Sam has been sponsored by –
- Puma SE
- Warner Heath Limited (Property Management Company)
Sam Billings Facts
- A child prodigy, Sam grew up playing multiple sports including cricket, soccer, tennis, racquets, squash, and rugby. He has often credited his time playing racquets with helping him develop his cricket batting skills, particularly his hand-eye coordination.
- He had even been offered a trial with English soccer giants Tottenham Hotspur F.C. after he had scored a hat-trick of goals against the team’s academy side, playing for the under-14 team of Corinthian F.C., an amateur soccer club based in Fawkham, Kent.
- When he began keeping wickets for Kent County Cricket Club in the County Championship, near the end of the 2013 domestic season, he had broken Geraint Jones’ (who had represented England (2004–2006) and Papua New Guinea (2012–2014) in international cricket) string of 115 consecutive County Championship appearances for Kent County Cricket Club.
- During the 2016 season, he had become just the 2nd Kent wicket-keeper to have taken 7 catches in an innings and just the 10th player to have claimed 9 dismissals in a first-class match.
- As a wicket-keeper, his first senior match for England was a T20I against Pakistan in Dubai in November 2015. He had scored his maiden international half-century in that match as England went on to win by 14 runs. He was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
- In October 2019, he was named England’s vice-captain and first-choice wicket-keeper for the T20I leg of the team’s tour of New Zealand. However, he could score just 34 runs in 5 innings in the T20I series and was not selected in England’s limited-overs team for their next series.
- He has served as an ambassador for the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
- In October 2017, he had participated in an exhibition T20 match that was played to mark the opening of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium in the capital city of Kigali. He was later named the patron of cricket in Rwanda.
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