Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur June 17, 2014

'To be in the top ten in the world is surprising' - Binny


India were bundled out for 105, but with a helpful pitch and a dismal showing by the Bangladesh batsmen, defended it comfortably. Stuart Binny was the architect of India's revival, one engineered through discipline, belief and by sticking to the basics. He finished with 6 for 4, the best figures by an India player in ODIs.

"My strength is to bowl wicket-to-wicket and swing the ball," Binny said. "The conditions were ideal to bowl so I don't think I surprised myself, but to be in the top ten in the world is surprising."

There was heavy cloud cover for the entire duration of the match. The onus was on the bowlers to exploit the conditions, but they were hardly taxed by the batsmen. India's was the lowest total any side had defended after being all out in ODIs.

"We never thought we were out of the game. When we went into the break we were disappointed with the way we batted," Binny said. "But it's important that we had a good chat during the break and went out and bowled in good areas because the wicket was doing something and if we were going to struggle to bat on that wicket, I think it was going to be difficult for them as well. We just knew if we got a few wickets up front and if they were three down in the first seven-eight overs, we could go through and push and get a victory.

"Credit must be given to their bowlers. We [the India bowlers] fed off their line and lengths. They bowled stump to stump."

Help from conditions don't necessarily translate to results though. Binny gave credit to the bowling coach, Joe Dawes, who had drilled the bowlers to concentrate on their accuracy.

"It's important from where you start the ball when you're swinging it," Binny said. "The ball was swinging but in the first over I bowled a bit wide and it went outside off stump. I think what we did yesterday was try and bowl on middle stump and when we get conditions like this, it's important not to [try too many things]."

He said he didn't have to deviate much from the plan he uses in the Ranji Trophy, India's domestic first-class tournament. "We generally bowl on wickets that help us a bit [at home for Karnataka]. One-day cricket is a bit different with the white ball, it tends to swing initially, but on this ground it was a bit heavy so we just maintained the ball and bowled good areas. I remember Robin [Uthappa, his Karnataka team-mate] telling me to bowl the lengths [which we use] in four-day cricket back home."

The game had a two and a half hours' break because of the rain and it was apparent that the tougher discipline would be scoring runs. There was an argument for the batsmen to adopt a Test-match approach: dig in and last the revised 41 overs but neither side seemed to display that resolve. Binny said the difficulty posed by the moving ball was better combated by a bit of aggression.

"From a batsman's perspective, it was a wicket where you needed to be a bit positive. The ball was seaming a bit. It was under the covers during the rain delay and there was sweating. It was a bit damp. The spikes were getting stuck, so we knew it was going to do a bit. But again to score runs on a wicket like this, you have to play shots and take a chance somewhere. Even Umesh [Yadav's] 12-14 runs were crucial. Bowlers are going to be on top on wickets like this, but it's also important that the batsman can get as many runs as possible."

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ashok on June 19, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    @robbey; Thanks for your remarks. If you have been following my comments, I have been the strongest supporter of both Umesh Yadev & Uthappa for their inclusion in the Indian Squad for England at the expense of Binny & Gambhir based on their record this year & current form. I still rate Umesh v. highly. Your comment re: Umesh being fit more for Tests than short formats is not really True. In IPL7 he bowled brilliantly right thru'. In the first ODI vs. BD he was great! What happened in ODI #2 on a responsive pitch? You may say he had an off day! But a good Sportsman shows his greatness when the chips are down. An example: When Bolt lost to Blake in Jamaican 100M & 200M pre Olympic trials he was devastated. He came back with vengeance in London 2012 Olympics to beat Blake. India needed Yadev to rise up to save India a humiliating defeat by rising to the occasion. Binny rose with limited 120 KPH pace whilst Yadev failed @ 140 KPH!. Performance in time of Need counts & good bowlers Do It!

  • Pankil on June 18, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    @ Nampally - I am a big fan of yours dont post as often but certainly take a look of what you have to say. I must say i dont fully agree with your analysis. You really cant complare Binny with Umesh. Umesh has raw pace eventhough we as fans ask for perfect lines and lenghts its easier said then done. Last thing we want is to have another Munaf Patel. Even Mitch and Steyn at times are taken to cleaners so rather let Umesh focus on this strengts which is pace and gradually try an improve. IMO he is better suited for Tests as oppesed to ODI's or T20's. But I will take him in my side anyday ahead of likes of Vinay.

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Praveen Kumar was a better bowler in same category so I am not so sure Binny will get much out of this performance.

  • Aayush on June 18, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Super performance by Binny. He will prove to be one of the most essential parts of the India-England Tests. Ever since Kapil Dev, we haven't had a quality pace-bowling all-rounder, except for Irfan Pathan. Hope he does well to cement a spot in the Test and ODI Team.

  • Krunal on June 18, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    I dont still think that Binny place for England tour is justified ....

  • Adhish on June 18, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Dhoni as a captain is indeed very stubborn... Under the pretext of giving a long rope to a player (which is good at times), he keeps ignoring other talented players. Binny was an ideal all-rounder that India had in New Zealand one-dayers (out of the lot selected) but was wasted there. Thanks to Raina he got a chance yesterday... Other player who comes to mind is Amit Mishra who was consistently overlooked by Dhoni. Because Kohli selected him in the Asia Cup and he performed well, Dhoni was forced to select him for World T20, else he would have still been waming the benches...

  • Arun on June 18, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Good effort and all the best Binny. Keep faith :)

  • Senguttuvan on June 18, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Good swing bowling binny well done, Binny need to improve batting much more to help india in crucial situations.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    Binny on a typical swing friendly wicket would be very dangerous but Team arriving late summer dont see the pitches helping him too much to be fair