Stuart Binny burst on to the international scene when he wrecked havoc against Bangladesh in Mirpur on 17th June 2014. India was scheduled to play three ODI’s against Bangladesh in Mirpur, as a gesture of “goodwill” as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) supported the Big Three. As anticipated, India sent a squad of talented but inexperienced youngsters who were led by Suresh Raina. The Indian side was so inexperienced that Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladeshi skipper said that it would be India who would lose, and not India A.
Little did Rahim know that Stuart Binny was about to demolish Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI of the rain-marred series. India won the first ODI comprehensively without much of a fuss. But, the second ODI was absolutely nothing short of drama! On an overcast afternoon, the Indians were put into bat, and were rocked early by Mashrafe Mortaza. Teenage debutant Taskin Ahmad joined the party as he chipped with a five-for.
The Indians were bowled out for a measly 105 in 25.3 overs. The innings was a 41 over affair, as rain intervened in Mirpur. The Bangladeshi batting began even before the dinner break, but the Indians did well as Mohit Sharma struck twice before the break. Going into the interval, the hosts were 19-2 in 5 overs.
Things were sailing smoothly for the hosts as they were 44-2. In came the man, who would strike instant stardom within the next 90 minutes! Binny was in his second over when he struck for the first time. After bowling a maiden, Binny changed his angle a bit and bowled from a wider angle. The ploy worked as Rahim edged a good length ball which was pitched on the leg stump. The ball went straight to the wicketkeeper.
In Binny’s next over, it was Mohammad Mithun, who played an ordinary flick on an ordinary delivery. The flick shot went straight into the hands of Axar Patel, who was stationed at square leg. He was the only fielder in the region, and the ball went straight to him. There were enough indications to make out that it was supposed to be Binny’s day!
On the very next ball, Binny struck for the third time as Mahmudullah was dismissed on the very first ball. It was a reckless drive as his feet were absolutely nowhere. He just transferred the balance forward to nick it to gully. Ambati Rayudu took the catch on the second attempt, handing Binny his third wicket!
In between, Mohit Sharma struck twice in a single over. In the 16th over, Binny bowled a peach of a delivery to Mashrafe Mortaza. Mortaza tried to play the ball towards the on side, which was pitched in the corridor of uncertainty. Binny got Mortaza’s nick and it was easily taken by Saha. Wicket number four for Binny!
In the 18th over, Nasir Hossain went for the drive on good length ball moving away from him. With absolutely no feet movement, the ball took the inside edge and crashed into the stumps. Wicket number five for Binny!
A ball later, Binny completed the formality and nailed the coffins of the Bangladeshi batsmen as he castled Al-Amin Hossain. He bowled from a wide angle and went past Hossain’s edge to knock the stumps over. That was that! The game was done and Bangladesh was all out for 58!
Stuart Binny registered the best bowling figures for an Indian. 4.4 overs 2 maidens 4 runs 6 wickets! Simply magical!
Here is the video of that epic spell: