Binny’s still dreaming, but with a changed mindset
Playing straight at the start has worked for the Karnataka allrounder, who has begun the season in style with both bat and ball
Son of former India allrounder Roger Binny, Stuart has made a name for himself all on his own. After an average few seasons for Karnataka in the domestic circuit, Binny joined the now-defunct Indian Cricket League in 2007 and emerged as one of the successes of the tournament with his nagging medium pace and big hitting. Banned for two years by the BCCI for being a part of the ICL, he gladly accepted the amnesty offer two years later and returned to the circuit with a renewed sense of confidence. He had a productive 2011-12 with Karnataka, finishing with 742 runs and 20 wickets in the Ranji Trophy and was awarded the season’s best allrounder. Simultaneously, Binny established himself as an attacking allrounder for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. A handy resource, he made his ODI debut against New Zealand in Hamilton in January 2014 and subsequently claimed the record for the best ODI bowling figures by an Indian (6 for 4 against Bangladesh), which earlier belonged to Anil Kumble. On his Test debut, Binny made a match-saving 78 against England at Trent Bridge last year.