Rajasthan v Pune, IPL 2013, Jaipur May 6, 2013

Binny enjoying role of finisher

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Binny is enjoying his role as finisher with Rajasthan Royals, he said, after propelling them to victory in a high-scoring game against Pune Warriors on Sunday night. Binny hit 32 not out of 13 balls to help Royals get to their target of 179 with a ball and five wickets to spare, and thus keep their 100% record in Jaipur this year intact.

"At the moment I am totally enjoying it [finishing games]. I started off at No. 4 in the tournament and now I have come down to No. 6," he told the IPL site after the match. "At Nos. 5, 6 you get an opportunity to finish the game. I have been batting really well. I have been watching the ball and when the ball is in my area I score boundaries quickly."

This was the fifth time Binny finished not out in 11 innings, and he said he was confident of chasing down the target given the nature of the pitch. "There is always pressure chasing but the wicket turned out to be an excellent batting strip so we knew that even if we were chasing 50 runs in 25 balls it was always possible. We thought the ball would swing a bit more but it really didn't do much as it was a pretty flat batting track. When we spoke in the mid-innings break we spoke about just going through and batting all the overs and with a wicket like this we could definitely get runs on the board."

Royals needed 43 off the final four when Binny took apart Rahul Sharma in the 17th over, and it had come down to 28 needed off 16 when Sanju Samson came to bat. At that point, Binny said, Samson delivered just what was needed: "We knew that we didn't want to keep too much for the last over, so we tried to push in the 18th over and it came off well. Sanju came and played well to get a boundary off the first ball, and it took a bit of pressure off me as well."

Samson was out off the second ball of the final over, leaving James Faulkner on strike with four needed off four. "At that time we were just looking to get bat on ball and find the gap. The point fielder is on the line so you can really run one run there. So the communication between Faulkner and me was just to get bat on ball," Binny said. "And fortunately we got two runs off that ball, which took some pressure off me again as well.

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  • Rajesh on May 9, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    From last 2 years Binny is 'playing': by that I mean he is performing. Prior to that for 6 seasons he just did time pass in the Karnataka team. He was in the team for being someone's son just like Udit Patel who was also in Karnataka team for being someone's son. Unlike Udit, Binny had talent which was not being put to use. To his credit Binny realised, albeit lately that from now on (after Kumble became KSCA head) his place in the Karnataka team is not guaranteed and he hit the gym, shed weight and suddenly started performing! I wish only if he had realised it 3-4 years earlier. Now junior Binny is an important member of Karnataka team from last 2 seasons. And nice to see him doing well for RR.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    RR reinventing the players which were warming benches for MI... good for RR and Stuart and ajinkya

  • Srinivas on May 6, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Junior Binny must have made the Senior Binny proud. Thank you Stuart for your contributions towards RR's success thus far. Your contribution is just phenomenal. Keep going dude!

  • Yogesh on May 6, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Very impressive cricketer and seems to be a very balanced human being, much like his father. Agree with Sir.Ivor that Bangalore seems to produce quality cricketers who are also humble by nature. (I am not from anywhere near Bangalore or the south of India, for the record!). Hopefully, he can go on to perform even better in the rest of the IPL and other tournaments and get picked for future India teams.

  • Karunaprasad on May 6, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Good T20 player. Aggressive batsman, nippy bowler and athletic fielder. Should be considered for Indian T20 team before it is too late. He will be 29 soon.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Not sure why he is not in indian Team

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Hes quicker bowler then Irfan Pathan...and bats much better...shudnt Binny be given a look at in a TeamIndia T20 side ?

    Fielding is very good...dropped his puppy fat and looks good for it...positive attitude and well spoken young man...surely Selectors have given some thought for him

  • Subramani on May 6, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    I fully endorse the views of ravi_hari. Stuart Binny is a really good allrounder who bats and bowls well and more than all that he has the nervelessness that we saw so much in his father Roger. Totally uncontroversial and humble, Stuart Binny should be a regular feature in the Indian team if not for the ODIs at least the 20/20 games. It is something which most of the boys from Bangalore have in great measure. Humility. Like Rahul,Anik and Javagal apart from others before them, Stuart is the same. In limited over games players need a calm temperament. That is where match-winners come into play. I only wish the selectors would reward such excellent players. Regarding Anil Hanagud's comment, I wonder if he has actually seen Roger Binny. He was always clean shaven. Stuart's bowling run up is a bit similar to Roger's but beard and moustache I am not sure who he is referring to.Possibly Chetan Sharma ! The thing with Roger's bowling run up was that if it fell in rythym, he was lethal.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Happy to see a Kerala boy performing well and thanks to Dravid to give these youngsters a chance. there are many more to come from Kerala.....