English batsman Sam Billings reckons that experience of T20- leagues like the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League can only improve English cricketers. he is one of the few England cricketers who will be featuring in IPL 2017.
During a chat with BBC Radio, Billings said, "It gives you another platform to progress as a cricketer. My game's gone from strength to strength, playing international cricket around the world."
In IPL 2016, Billings featured in five matches for the Delhi Daredevils and because of his satisfactory performances he has been retained for the upcoming season of IPL as well, which is scheduled to start from April 5.
The other list of English players who will be playing in IPL 2017 is Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes and Tymal Mills. In the upcoming season, every IPL franchise will be having an English player in their squad.
Billings has played some other T20 league as well like in the Big Bash, he played for Sydney Sixers, and in Pakistan Super League, he played for Islamabad United. He feels, "Ten years ago if you said an Englishman would go over and play in an Australian team, people would laugh at you. I think we had 10 former or current English internationals playing in that, so we've definitely been put on the map."
Billings concluded, "I'm really excited for the IPL. It's a fantastic competition, one of the best in the world. To have 60,000 people screaming at you and abusing you is a different concept, but it's an amazing experience. It's re-energised the game and given it a boost. It's just great fun."