Indian Cricket Team announced the 15 men squad today for the 2015 World Cup. The surprise to everyone was that Stuart Binny was picked and Yuvraj Singh, even after 3 centuries was ignored. Well, for me, exclusion of Yuvraj Singh and inclusion of Stuart Binny wasn’t a huge surprise. The social media has gone mad going after the selection committee regarding the selection of Stuart Binny.
What I am going to say might sound harsh to you, but selecting Stuart Binny as an all rounder in the team is not a bad selection. Remember, the World Cup is in Australia and New Zealand and there medium pacers have had a great success, right from Chris Harris of New Zealand to Ian Harvey of Australia, medium pacers on Australian pitches have turned out to be match winners. Stuart Binny is also one kind of a match winner, In an ODI against Bangladesh, he picked up 4 wickets conceeding 6 runs, which means Stuart Binny has that potential of becoming a match winner on a given day. I am not blabbering about his records or so, however he is the guy who can turn a game in any situation.
While going through the comments section on social media, I found people comapring him to Yuvraj Singh and commenting about his ODI highest runs, i.e. just 25. Is Yuvraj Singh an all rounder? I would say yes in subcontinent conditions but not in Australia. The pitches hardly provide any spin and allowing a part time like Yuvraj to bowl as an all rounder is not a smart move. Talking about Stuart Binny’s highest ODI score i.e. 25, folks, tell me how many ODI’s has he played? Just 6. He is an all rounder, not an opener or a no.3 batsman. Now you would say, he is inexperienced and has just played 6 ODI’s. I am going to say that, India has picked a team which the situation demands. India have selected Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja along with Stuart Binny as all rounders. Stuart Binny can come handy if he replaces either of the two for some matches, as the situation demands where his medium pace can get rewards.
In addition to that, cricket experts like Rahul Dravid and Harsha Bhogle also picked Stuart Binny in their 15 men squad. There is a reason behind it which I have described in the above para. Hopefully, I may have solved your doubt over Binny’s selection.