Well as soon the name of Stuart Binny was included in the Indian squad, a hell lot of questions were raised by many of the fans. Rightfully every one showed concern as off late Binny had not shown any outstanding skills, enabling him to secure a berth in the squad.

Many strongly believe that even otherwise, he does not possess a very glorious career entailing him a spot therein. Most of the concerned fans were not able to understand that if at all someone had to be included, why cricketers like Yuvraj Singh the hero of the last World Cup was not considered. Or many others find it more viable option if Robin Uthappa would have included!

But then a million dollar question as to how Stuart Binny is in India’s World Cup squad, remained unanswered. Here lies the catch.

Now Indian coach Duncan Fletcher has responded to the question the whole of India is looking an answer for, although he has admitted his nervousness over how fruitful Binny’s inclusion is going to be. Fletcher said “That’s one area [seam-up all-rounder] that makes me a bit nervous. What we need in these conditions [in Australia and New Zealand] is a good batting all-rounder who bowls seam. That will add depth in our batting and give us that extra bowler. Stuart Binny in the squad That is the real reason why we have.”

Perhaps the rationale behind his selection remains that since the bounce and pace in Australia and the swing and seam on offer in New Zealand should assist Binny if he hits the right line and length, he might prove very effective. But he should not miss his role as a “batting all-rounder who bowls seam, as described by Fletcher.

However a lot will be depending on Binny’s batting at number 7 spot and he should be giving a contribution of say 30-40 runs to justify his selection. Meanwhile the coach on his third regular world cup assignment is sitting with his fingers crossed who said “We’ll have to have a close look at him here because batting deep is going to be very, very important in this World Cup.”





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