Stuart Binny, who turns 37 today was once tipped to feature regularly for India in the limited-overs circuit. The player was a seam-bowling option for India and also was someone who had abilities to play crucial knocks in the middle-order. India were looking for an all-rounder and during his prime looked like someone who could be the answer to India’s all-rounder woes.
However, he played only six Tests, 14 ODIs, and three T20Is for India and in overall scored 459 runs at an average of around 22 and has also grabbed 24 wickets in the process.
As Binny celebrates his 37th Birthday today, let’s relive his best performance for the Indian team.
Stuart Binny’s short stint in the Indian jersey culminated in a record-breaking performance that helped India beat Bangladesh in an unbelievable match in 2014.
India had established a 1-0 lead in their three-match ODI series against Bangladesh during their 2014 tour of the country. Rain hampered the second match, which was subsequently reduced to a 41-overs-a-side affair.
India had rested the likes of senior players like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Suresh Raina was handed over the captaincy of a young Indian team which included Stuart Binny.
After opting to bowl first, Bangladesh exploited the conditions at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, and rattled out India for a paltry 105 runs. Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for the Bangla Tigers who ended up with the figures of 5/28 to restrict India to a low total.
Bangladesh seemed to win that match easily but who knew what a thriller it was going to be. They got off to a shaky start with Mohit Sharma dismissing both openers for just 13 runs.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun began building a partnership and were guiding Bangladesh towards victory. Bangladesh appeared to have settled in beautifully when the duo scored 31 runs for the third wicket.
Then Binny, with his disciplined pace, walked in. He first struck Rahim, which allowed India to build pressure. He swept through Bangladesh’s batting lineup in the flash of an eye, grabbing six wickets in only 28 deliveries as Bangladesh were dismissed for 58 runs.
Binny’s 6/4 surpassed Anil Kumble’s (6/12) record for the best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs.
Stuart Binny’s performance in the IPL
Stuart Binny was earlier a part of the controversial Indian Cricket League (ICL) but later he accepted BCCI’s offer to play the IPL. He was picked up by Mumbai Indians in 2010 and in 2011, he was roped in by Rajasthan Royals, where he featured on a regular basis.
His most notable performance in IPL came against Pune Warrior India when he struck 32 runs off just 13 deliveries to help Rajasthan secure a win. This innings grabbed him a lot of media attention.
Binny has played 95 matches in IPL, scoring 880 runs and picking up 22 wickets. His last IPL was way back in 2019 against Delhi Capitals.