IPL 2023: The bugle of IPL 2023 has started ringing. The teams have started preparing for the mini auction. Teams are releasing existing players. All the teams have to submit their list of 15 players to the BCCI by 15th November. Already bad news has come out for KKR. Team’s star player Sam Billings has decided to leave the team. The wicket-keeper batsman gave this information by tweeting and explained why he would stay away from IPL.
English player Billings made a tweet while deciding not to play IPL. He wrote, “I have taken the difficult decision that I will not participate in the next IPL. Want to focus on the long format at the beginning of the English summer. Billings clearly told that he is deciding not to play IPL due to long format cricket. This decision was very difficult for him. Billings was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2022 mega auction for Rs 2 crore.
Did not do anything special in 2022
His performance in the IPL 2022 season was mixed. Billings played a total of 8 matches for KKR, scoring 169 runs at an average of 24.14 and a strike rate of 122.46. His high score was 36 runs in this.
It is worth noting that the players’ trading is going on before the mini auction. KKR have made Kiwi fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who plays for Gujarat Titans, a part of their team in trading. Lockie Ferguson performed well for Gujarat Titans, taking 12 wickets in 13 matches of the last season. Apart from this, KKR has also made Afghan wicket-keeper batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz a part of its team.
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