Dhoni’s calmness rubbed off on me: Billings

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2018 11:44:28




THE calmness of Mahendra Singh Dhoni is contagious, feels Chennai Super Kings’ new hero Sam Billings, who was happy to have his skipper by his side during their successful chase in a high-scoring IPL encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Billings smashed 56 off 23 balls as CSK chased down a stiff target of 203 in their victorious homecoming. It was Billings’ first chance to bat alongside Dhoni and their half-century partnership did go a long way in clinching a win for the team.
“It’s about being composed and there’s not a better person to have at the crease than Dhoni,” Billings said at the post-match press conference.“He (Dhoni) is so composed and calm. It’s impossible for it not to kind of rub on to you. It was about building a partnership together,” Billings’ admiration for the former India captain was quite evident.

“I know it’s a cliche but in T20 cricket, on an absolute belter, you can take time. You are in not in so much of a rush all the time. Actually you have got an opportunity to get yourself in, run hard and get ones and twos,” Billings assessed his knock.
Feels good to come back after two years and win: MSDDhoni said it felt good to come back after two years and win at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, after beating Kolkata Knight Riders. “It feels good, to come back after two years and win. The crowd deserved the first innings, the second innings. Everybody has their own emotion levels, but in the dugout, we like to keep faith in our batsmen or bowler in a particular time,” he said.“Positive energy helps. My pulse rises too—and that’s why we have a dressing room. I express myself in the dressing room but not in the dugout,” he added, at the presentation ceremony.