Stuart Binny: Keeping up a family tradition of record all-rounders

 . Last updated on August 3, 2018, 4:25 PM
Stuart Binny: Keeping up a family tradition of record all-rounders

Stuart Binny is considered as the only cricketer in team India to show up similar game like Kapil Dev

Stuart Binny, the all-rounder, is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium bowler. He played ODI, T20I and Test alongside team India. He is also an active player in IPL, playing for Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and lately for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018 season. In domestic cricket, he plays for Karnataka. Binny is the only cricketer after Kapil Dev in team India, who could swing the ball and hit a long delivery for boundaries. Although his stint in international circuit was short lived, he played some impressive cricket, wreaking up record figures. He is among those many IPL launched cricketers of India, who played record innings at international games.

A common issue in all-rounders is their double mindedness. They are fluent in both bowling and bating, making themselves neither a complete batsman nor a complete bowler. Binny also had the same symptom of being a jack of all, but a master of none. The player had multiple skills and until he could fill in the gap of in international batting line up, he came along with good results in the lower middle order. His games were salvaging on both batting and bowling sides. The player is almost 35 years old, but he is still fit in domestic matches and IPL tournament. Meanwhile, team India got hold of more agile all-rounder like Hardik Pandya to replace him.

Son of Roger Binny, former India all-rounder, and husband of Mayanti Langar, prominent sports journalist, has a naturally strong tryst with cricket

Son of Roger Binny, former India all-rounder, and husband of Mayanti Langar, prominent sports journalist, has a naturally strong tryst with cricket

Age, schooling and family- Stuart Binny’s winner blood in his veins

Born in 3 June 1984, Bangalore, Stuart Terence Binny is the son of Roger Binny, former India player. Roger Binny, the first anglo-Indian cricketer of India, was in 27 Test matches and 72 ODIs. He is among the best-known all-rounders who played several match winning games for India. His impressive performance of 18 wickets was the highest in 1983 Cricket World Cup. Latter in 1985 World Series Cricket Championship, he took 17 wickets as the highest in the tournament. Unlike him, Stuart Binny could not wreak up record feats over and over, but he has a remarkable feat onto his name, and it is still unbeaten. He is the highest wicket taker in ODI from India.

Mayanti Langer, Stuart Binny’s wife, is a sports journalist for Star Sports. She is one of leading female sports journo in India. Binny and Langer dated a while before marriage in September 2012. Surprisingly, Binny played some impressive cricket after marriage, which credited all to his wife. In an interview, the cricketer said, “she has been everything to me…you need someone when you play international cricket…she has brought me to where I am.” Clearly, Mayanti had a great impact on Stuart’s career and hence his life. Being son of a grand cricketer, he is also the husband of the most prominent sport journalist. This dual factor is certainly expected to impact the player for a long time.

As a Bangalore kid, Stuart did his mid-schooling in The Frank Anthony Public School of the city. His high school was in St. Joseph’s Indian High School. His father, was a coach in the school. His formal entry into cricket was in this period, practicing under his father. He also had early training in ASCA, where Imtiaz Ahmed was the coach. He finally, debuted for Karnataka in 2003/04 season, at the age of 19. In 2010, Binny debuted IPL, playing for Mumbai Indians. In the next season, 2011, he was with Rajasthan Royals. In 2016, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 2 Crores.

In a 2014 ODI match against Bangladesh, Stuart Binny surpassed Anil Kumble’s record as the highest wicket taker of India in limited format

In a 2014 ODI match against Bangladesh, Stuart Binny surpassed Anil Kumble’s record as the highest wicket taker of India in limited format

Highest wicket taker in ODI for India

Binny debuted ODI against New Zealand in 2014. On 28th January, his debut match, the player bowled a single over to give 8 runs. He could not play an impressive game in his next international campaign, the Arise Asia Cup 2014. On June 2014, he picked up six wickets in the ODI against Bangladesh, giving out only 4 runs. This feat made him the highest wicket taker of India in ODI format. His Test debut was against England. He scored a single run in the first innings and 78 runs in the second. However, it was his catch that made the day for India. His T20I debut was against Zimbabwe on 17 July 2015.

Per a report, Stuart Binny had a Net Worth of USD 3.5 million in 2017. His prime earning was in the IPL season. In 2007, his participation in India Cricket League fetched him two years ban, imposed by BCCI. His overall performance in international cricket is stronger, which is the reason of his inclusion still in high voltage tournaments like IPL.

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