IPL 2019: CSK batsman Sam Billings flies back to England, unavailable for remaining part of the tournament

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The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) once again moved to the top of the IPL 2019 points table after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 6 wickets on Tuesday. CSK have 16 points from 11 games, having lost just 3 games so far. A haul of 16-points is considered as the benchmark for reaching to the playoffs and CSK has achieved that mark with 3 games still left to play.

They are being considered as favourites for the IPL 2019 title but CSK fans would be not just surprised but rather shocked to know that their overseas player Sam Billings has flown back to England and won’t be available for the remaining part of the tournament.

Though Billings was not a certain starter in the playing XI, he was their first preferred choice when a foreigner picks up an injury. Now, he will be a part of his domestic side Kent.

He will also be playing his first game of the ongoing Royal London One-Day cup on Thursday against Glamorgan in Cardiff.

The flamboyant striker of the ball had an impressive stint with the Super Kings in the 2018 season of IPL. He has been their best batsman in the middle overs, which helped them to win the title, even though returning back to the tournament after 2 years.

The 27-year-old right-handed batsman was retained by the Chennai-based franchise for IPL 2019.

Last year, he played 10 matches and scored 108 runs.

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