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Full name Roger Michael Humphrey Binny
Born July 19, 1955, Bangalore, Karnataka
Current age 58 years 358 days
Major teams India, Goa, Karnataka
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Son - STR Binny
|Test debut||India v Pakistan at Bangalore, Nov 21-26, 1979 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Pakistan at Bangalore, Mar 13-17, 1987 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 6, 1980 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Australia at Chennai, Oct 9, 1987 scorecard|
|List A span||1975-1986|
A versatile allrounder, Roger Binny proved his value to the Indian team in both Test cricket and the one-day game. He was capable of rescuing India, like he did while scoring 83 not out and sharing a record 155 run seventh-wicket partnership with Madan Lal against Pakistan at Bangalore in 1983. He was capable of bowling India to victory, as he did in taking seven wickets in the match at Headingley in 1986. Or when with a spell of 4 for 9 in 30 balls towards his best Test figures of 6 for 56, he pushed Pakistan to the wall at Calcutta in 1987. But there is no doubt that Binny's most outstanding feats were associated with limited overs cricket - and more specifically the 1983 World Cup. He played a leading role in India's victorious campaign taking 18 wickets, then the record in the competition.
Tall and athletically built, Binny was an aggressive batsman who could either open the innings or go in the middle order, was a medium-pace bowler who could swing the ball both ways - and was particularly effective in English conditions - and an excellent field. He first made his mark when putting on a record unbroken partnership of 451 runs for the first wicket with Sanjay Desai in the Ranji Trophy game against Kerala in 1977-78, his share being 211. He was generally in and out of the Indian team but whenever he was persevered with, he proved his value. With the ball, he was capable of destructive spells like when he dismissed Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas and Miandad at Bombay in 1979 to put Pakistan on the backfoot or when he dismissed Greenidge, Haynes and Richards to rock the West Indies at Ahmedabad in 1983. A Karnataka stalwart for several years, Binny later made his mark as a coach and was given a lot of credit for the victory of the Under-19 team in the World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000. He was made Bengal coach in 2007, and was part of the Karnataka State Cricket Association management when appointed national selector in September 2012.
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