England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day July 14, 2014

Not many get chance to save Test on debut - Binny

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Binny has said that few get the opportunity to play a match-saving innings on Test debut, and that he was pleased to have done so for India at Trent Bridge. Binny came in when India were struggling at 184 for 6 in their second innings on the final day and batted for nearly three hours to make 78 and help his side draw the match.

Binny had gone for 1 in the first innings playing an airy drive and was eager to make up for it. "I was a bit disappointed with the way it went in the first innings," Binny told bcci.tv. "I did the hard work for the first 10-15 minutes - which is the most crucial phase for a batsman - and then played a loose shot to get out. So I just wanted to go in there and spend as much time in the middle as I could. The ball was reversing and the wicket started doing a bit especially with the new ball.

"There are not many players who get a chance to save the Test for their country on their debut. I did and I am really happy that I took it."

In an England first innings that stretched for 144.5 overs, Binny bowled just ten wicketless overs. He said he was determined to make an impact in the match thereafter. "The wicket didn't suit my style of bowling and I had to understand and accept that quickly. I was told that a Test match lasts five days so I will be required to play a part at some point.

"So, I went in to bat with a very positive mindset. I knew that if I survived the first 30 minutes, the wicket would ease out. I went with the mindset of playing out balls instead of scoring runs. When you get to 25, that's when you realize, okay, a Test fifty is here for the taking."

England were generating some reverse swing but Binny said he was used to tackling such movement when he plays for Karnataka. "I normally bat at No. 6 for Karnataka and so I tend to play a lot of reverse swing. I just used all my experience of batting for my state when we were under the pump, and in India the reverse swing comes into picture all the time. I tried to do what I do there - clearing the left leg and looking to hit a lot straighter."

Binny's selection was talked about leading into the Test but India found little use for his medium pace on the placid Trent Bridge pitch. While he called it a "funny wicket" Binny did not think India had misread the surface. "It was a hard wicket but there wasn't much bounce. Even the English guys were surprised at how it played out. When we were batting, it felt like we were batting in India. It was a funny wicket."

Binny said he was not aware that he had fallen five short of his father Roger Binny's highest Test score of 83. "I didn't know about it. When I went back to the change room, it was pointed out to me. Hopefully, there are many more Test matches to go for me and I will be able to overhaul his score."

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  • Supreeth on July 16, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Superb Performance By Stuart Binny ..just answered the Critics about his selection.. Though many have convinced of his role,still many are not..Ofcourse based on the conditions he has been picked , who will be helpful with his seam and swing bowling .. The Problem here is He has been selected as an allrounder So everyone are expecting to do Magic with both Bat and Ball in his Debut which is very harsh.. He has proved he will be helpful with the ball by registering his name in the Best Ever Bowling Figures for Indian till now in ODIs.. Why Criticize and Judge him by just few matches? pls dont compare with The greats like Kapil Dev , kallis and criticize the emerging Allrounder

  • Bhaskar on July 15, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    I must say Dhoni is the most timid test captain in the world & vision less captain in test cricket to say the least. India should have declared the 2nd innings & asked England to play around tea, before or after. Captains like these kill test cricket, I am sure cook would have declared if were in Dhoni's shoes. A sad day for Indian cricket indeed. It is time to strip Dhoni of his captaincy & put Gambhir in charge of Tests for India.

  • srinivasan on July 15, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Dhoni said Binny is not suited to the Trent bridge wicket. He pointed out that he will be effective in seaming tracks like the one we got in 2011 series. We all have to wait for that kind of pitch in this series to see Binny to have any role in bowling. otherwise he is only limited to batting. Have to wait and see whether he has the technique to survive the more lively pitches in ENG.

  • Anver on July 15, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    A good knock under pressure..... a couple of more wkts at that stage, things could have been different for IND !!!!

  • srinivasan on July 15, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    I don`t think Dhoni will make any change in the team for next match. It is very clear in his post match interview. He does like the negative bowling from Jadeja who gives 2.5 RPO with no change in pace or flight. Swann is best example of taking wickets with his length,change in pace and flight even if the ball doesn`t turn.

  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Well, I can only say it was a very ordinary test match played by two teams who have now become really ordinary. The most surprising thing was that the tail end did better than the early batters, by both teams in all three innings.That dos not speak volumes of the bowling. Indian spinner was pedestrian, and may be better to take Ashwin for next test. Hope curator will prepare a better pitch for 2nd test.

  • Android on July 15, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    @testmatch-fan are u watching cricket.really u know about cricket.the man who get hundreds in south Africa,Australia,newzeland are u want to drop kohli that's a big comedy

  • srinivasan on July 15, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    It is really funny that Binny saying India didn`t misread the pitch. If they read it correctly then binny wouldn`t be in the team first place. What a pathetic state of Team mangement from india. Jadeja who had 6 wickets against the SA in a dry durban pitch, only managed 3 wickets in other 3 matches he played. Ashwin also got same no of Wickets compare to jadeja`s in overseas test. We all know who is better bat in these two.

  • S on July 15, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Here is the change for the next Test: Drop Virat Kohli and bring in Ashwin. Ashwin gets 50 runs and may give a wicket or 2. Kohli dropped a catch, botched a run out and failed with the bat at Trent Bridge. Binny stays. He showed the mental balance and batting talent. Keep Jadeja. He keeps a lid on the batsman wh ile giving 30 odd runs. He bats below Buwaneshwar Kumar, ahead of Ishant and Shami.

  • sasidhar on July 15, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    What about Bhuvaneswar Kumar who has taken 5 wickets, 2 fifties in both innings?does bhuvi not saved match?

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