Well, this happens to be a sheer co-incidence that when all other key batsmen of Team India including Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan failed to deliver in crucial ODI against England, Stuart Binny became the highest scorer by scoring 44 vital runs. Although Binny could not spread his magic with the ball as he got just one wicket for 34 runs in his spell of 7 overs but still he has given a glimpse of his batting capabilities.

However, he has found another strong voice of support on Monday. In fact, the former Indian captain and expert commentator Sourav Ganguly has opined that if given a chance, Stuart Binny could play a crucial role in the World Cup. Stuart’s recent inclusion in Team India had given rise to a debate, but even earlier he had found strong support from Sunil Gavaskar who had defended his inclusion in the squad and had simply overruled the notion that Stuart had made the cut simply because his father, Roger, was a national selector.

Sourav Ganguly believes that the all-rounder can come in handy for India in the ongoing tri-series. He said “Stuart, as a medium-pacer and all-rounder can be effective. I feel he can do well in the tri series. Also, he should be able to exploit the conditions in Australia and New Zealand during the World Cup… He’ll play a key role.”

 Relying in the abilities of Dhawan, Ganguly stated “The flamboyant opener managed only two runs against Australia. “Shikhar needs to get runs so that the batsmen coming in later can get a decent platform.”

He also seemed impressed by the bowling of Akshar Patel and said “Akshar looked to be in control and I was very impressed with the way he was bowling.”

It is too early to predict anything but today’s reasonable good batting performance of Stuart Binny has certainly entitled him a few more chances to prove himself. Who knows when many other established batsmen are not delivering, this gamble might pave way for Team India.



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