Last week, when the national cricket team selectors announced the squad for the tri-series against Australia and England as well the International Cricket Council World Cup 2015, one name stimulated debate. It is not easy being Stuart Terrence Roger Binny. For freshers, the Karnataka all-rounder Stuart Binny is the son of Roger Binny, who was present in the 1983 World Cup winning India team. The second thing, Roger Binny is part of the national selection committee that selected his son. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not happy with Stuart Binny’s selection as some reports raised his view. Actually, the captain requested for an expert batsman or an expert bowler instead of an all-rounder. However, the selectors slighted Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Evidently, Roger Binny was not present in the meeting room when his son’s name came in that discussion. All said and done, Binny must be under some pressure.
The 30 years old player, who has played in 3 Tests and 6 One Day Internationals, has done nothing remarkable on the international grounds. In 2014, he achieved a match-saving 78 runs in the 1st Test in Nottingham against England besides registering a 6 wicket hump in a One Day International in Dhaka against Bangladesh. Selected as an all-rounder, Stuart Binny’s record is not that great by any angle of imagination. But can he make his existence felt in Australia and New Zealand. Can he prove to be that hero of an all-rounder India have been looking for?
Former India bowler Madan Lal was part of India’s 1983 World Cup winning team. When he was asked about why he was among the most successful bowlers in that World Cup. He was quoted saying about his former teammate’s son: “Stuart has been picked as an all-rounder, but he is more of a batsman than bowler. His success will depend on how well he uses the bounce on offer in Australia. Will he be able to hit the deck hard?”