India news February 11, 2014

Binny raring for more international exposure


Amid the changes that were made in the India squads that were announced today, Karnataka allrounder Stuart Binny not only retained his place in the ODI squad for the Asia Cup but was also picked for the World T20.

Binny was in the ODI squad that toured New Zealand, which meant he had to miss the Ranji Trophy knockouts. His international debut came in the fourth ODI in Hamilton, but it wasn't quite a dream debut as he didn't get to bat and bowled one over for eight runs. It would have been unfair for the selectors to drop him without getting a proper chance to evaluate him on the international stage.

"Yes, I would have loved to get a chance to bat in that game but the situation demanded a partnership at that time which we stitched so I wouldn't say I was disappointed," Binny said. "Also, that one over was what was needed at that time from the captain's point of view. Sometimes it happens in cricket [that] as soon as you get the chance you need to go and perform. I didn't get a good chance to bat or bowl but I wasn't disappointed. You always want to come back and score runs, it's always good to score runs so that you are on the selectors' mind and keep the consistency going."

Binny has been a consistent performer over the last few domestic seasons. In the six Ranji matches he played this season, he scored 321 runs at an average of 40.12 and a strike-rate of 78.10, and collected 11 wickets at 37.18. The season that shot him to serious contention was 2011-12. Karnataka did not go beyond the quarter-finals that season, but in eight matches, Binny struck three hundreds and as many fifties, making a total of 742 at an average of 67.45. And that wasn't all; he also took 20 wickets at 20.10.

"What I really take confidence from is my season two years ago from the Ranji Trophy [in] which I had 750-odd runs and then carried it into the IPL," Binny said. "The IPL has also given me a lot of confidence knowing that I could perform on the big stage when you play against international players, in big crowds and pressure games. Where I bat I tend to finish games, that's my role with Rajasthan Royals. So once that started happening for me I realised I could go on and do greater things."

He also credited the ICL, in which he played for Hyderabad Heroes and rubbed shoulders with international cricketers for the first time, at the age of 23. He would have liked to play for India at a younger age but said he doesn't think his selection came too late.

"ICL was something that transformed me," Binny said. "It gave me confidence to play on a platform to do well, play with international players. It's been a good journey, it's a been an experience for me. I learnt a lot through the three-four years coming back from the ICL. I worked hard on my fitness to do well.

"I wouldn't say it's [selection for national squad] pretty late. I think I've peaked at this time in my career, I've matured as a cricketer right now and really looking forward to perform for my country."

Even though there isn't a direct correlation between scoring runs in first-class cricket and getting selected for limited-overs matches, or the other way round, an attacking 82-ball hundred against Rest of India in the Irani Cup a day before selection could not have done him any harm.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Binny is a typical good Ranji player who lacks the quality to perform at the highest level His finishing capability has been seen in the IPL but not against top class bowling He cannot be compared with his father who had that edge The recently concluded Irani trophy exposed the limited talent we have Sadly we do not have utility men who show potential to reach International class Its unlkely he is going to make a dent

  • Oswald on February 12, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Varun Aaron (Jharkhand), Mohit Singh (CSK) Dhoni's choice. Why not Pankaj Singh, Umesh Yadav, even Rishi Dhawan (bowling all rounder). Binny's dad is a selector, still he has a good IPL and domestic season to back him up. Dhoni is playing too much politics. Ashwin, Jadeja (CSK) Vijay all his cronies. Dhoni should walk out now and Kohli, Pujara should be given reins.

  • Karl on February 12, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    I'm glad Binny is in and I agree we need to develop more pace all rounders, India is at a crossroads and needs to build from here Binny is part of that building phase.

  • Sanjiv on February 12, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I watched Binny on TV during the one over he got to bowl in NZ, he demonstrated no urgency, no passion, no verve, no passion. Nothing. Just hesitation as he approached his bowl delivery strides. Additionally, his facial expression should show some hostile intent so the batters is sent a message with say an eye contact; instead he had a meek, humble, "I am here to please", and "sorry for bowling this bowl to get you out" look. Pathetic choice by India selectors.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Find it strange to see some comments!!! Someone who has been performing in all domestic tournaments for 3 years now, and people say he is average, does not deserve a place and what not!!! Someone even quotes Jadeja!!! Lol, if one does not have knowledge of cricket, then they should avoid commenting and giving expert advice!!! Binny deserves the spot in the team and rightly so! Even in the irani trophy he scored a century of 82 balls and also took three important wickets of Gambhir and Karthik and singh!!! Wwonder what more one has to do get a call like he has rightly done!!! Performance is reality, wake up and smell the coffee cribpots!!!

  • Biso on February 12, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    He is a domestic level utility player who has performed well for Karnataka. His abilities are very limited and he is certainly not in the class of other utility players like Jimmy Neesham , Corey Anderson, Stokes( clearly a good bowler) or even Jadeja. He is ordinary and not of international standards. Stop propping him up.

  • Android on February 12, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Binny has always reminded me of Robin Singh. A player who is aware of his capabilities and limitations and flourishes within it. I hope that like Robin n Singh he adds value to the team and keeping the world cup in mind a medium pacer would be a handy addition to the team.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    I can't believe that Binny is in the team and Pankaj Singh is not. How many utility allrounders does the team need? Also even for a utility allrounder, Binny isn't exactly right there!

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    raiana replacement is player to be watch out in asia cup. mark my words

  • uncle bob on February 11, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    I would not raise my hopes for Binny. He is a utility player at the domestic level but will be seriously found out at international level. His bowling is mediocre and batting is average. He may be use ful though for a few matches but then will fizzle out as vinay kumar.

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