The Indian Premier League 2017 has witnessed miraculous batting, exceptional bowling and majestic pinch hitting. A great advantage of the cricketing extravaganza has been the bonding between foreign and Indian players. England T20 and ODI opener Sam Billings is one such player who seems to be highly impressed with extremely talented Indian players he shares the dressing room with for his franchise Delhi Daredevils.
Although Delhi are currently at the bottom rung of the IPL points table, the English batsman believes that Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer are the most exciting players India have produced in the recent past.
Sanju Samson is Delhi’s highest scorer at the moment, aggregating 289 runs in eight outings in this edition of the IPL, with his 63-ball 102 against Rising Pune Supergiant being the highlight. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Pant has produced a few good performances with the bat and is being looked upon as a potential heir to India's veteran wicketkeeper-batsman and former captain MS Dhoni.
The 19-year-old’s 16-ball 38 against Kolkata Knight Riders at home was a high point of his season along with the 36-ball 57 versus Royal Challengers Bangalore that reaffirmed the potential of the southpaw, who debuted for India this February.
Karnataka’s Karun Nair has had a quiet IPL so far but the right-hander’s unbeaten 303 against England in the fifth Test in Chennai in December 2016 had got everyone talking.
Twenty two-year-old Mumbaikar Shreyas Iyer had scripted a brilliant double century (202) against Australia in a tour game in February leading up to the four-match Test series.
Delhi have endured a disastrous start to this year’s IPL, losing six of the eight games they have played so far and languish at the bottom of the points table.
However, Billings asserted that the team is not far away from hitting its stride.Delhi Daredevils is set to play a fixture against Gujarat Lions on Thursday and Billings will hope that his display a clinical performance.