It happens very rarely that a wicketkeeper makes a false claim for the hit wicket but Sam Billings did so against Gujarat Titans. Billing was seen to be pretending as if David Miller was hit wicket after removing a bail as the batter went deep in the crease to play a shot and replays revealed it.
Gujarat Titans have been in a great run of form in IPL 2022 losing just one match from six they played. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, they chose to bat first after winning the toss going against the trend. GT lost of the wicket of Shubhman Gill early but Wriddhiman Saha and David Miller played their part.
A weird incident occurred in the 16th over of the innings. Sunil Narine bowled a short ball to Miller on the fifth ball and he went deep in crease to play the shot from backfoot. Sam Billings playfully removed the bails while keeping the wickets and pretended as if the batter was hit-wicket. The decision was referred upstairs and it was checked by the third umpire in replays. The replays clearly showed Billings removing the bails and the batter was adjudged as not out.
WHAT WAS THAT?
Well they went upstairs to check for a hit-wicket on the previous ball. The bails had come off after Billings' gloves hit them. Might have well checked with the wicketkeeper.— Sridhar Samu (@sridhar_samu) April 23, 2022
Was it accidental or intentional? @ESPNcricinfo
WHAT DID HE DO?
What actually did Billings do? 🌚— 💙Aanchal 💙 (@SRKianAJH) April 23, 2022
Sam Billings smile is really very jolly..— Sidra🥀श्रे-ऋ✨ (@TypicallyWeirdd) April 23, 2022
It brings smile on my face too.. 😅
Billings tried to be over smart! Seriously!— Sourabh Sanyal -Mask & Vaccination (💉x😷) is must (@sourabhsanyal) April 23, 2022
Sam Billings 😂😂😂😍😍— நட்ராஜ் 𝑅𝑐𝑏🍸 (@NaTaraJ_21) April 23, 2022
someone shut sam billings mouth bhai— az (@smfalsetto) April 23, 2022
Kyu ab billings neh kya kiya?— Shibayanᴷᴷᴿ (@iamshibbss) April 23, 2022