IPL 2018

Dhoni helped me remain calm: Sam Billings

When Billings walked in to bat in the 12th over during their chase against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here on Tuesday, he appeared collected despite the asking rate being in excess of 12. In the end, his 23-ball 56 paved the way for CSK’s thrilling win.

The 26-year-old Billings revealed how Dhoni – who was at the other end – helped him to remain composed. “It was about being composed and there wasn’t a better person to have at the crease than him. Dhoni is so calm and composed that it’s impossible for it to not rub off on you. He (Dhoni) allows people to remain calm just like he is. It spreads around the dressing room. Along with our coach Stephen Fleming, they have both created an environment where everyone has gelled well and we have created a fantastic team culture,” Billings said at the post-match conference.

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