While the right-arm medium bowler Stuart Binny created history by recording India’s best ODI bowling figures in June 2014, he broke the record of the legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble. Recently, when Binny was talking about that unforgettable match, he also revealed how Kumble congratulated him for that record.
It was the all-rounder Stuart Binny’s third ODI, which was the match between Bangladesh and India at Dhaka on 17th June 2014. After winning the toss, the hosts Bangladesh decided to field first.
In that rain-interrupted first innings (match reduced to 41-overs per side), Suresh Raina-led entire Indian batting line-up was collapsed for mere 105 runs as they even failed to bat for full 41 overs (25.3 overs).
There were hardly any brave Indian fans who were dreaming India’s victory at the end of the first innings of that game.
However, the Indian bowlers didn’t give up easily at all as the right-arm pacer Mohit Sharma and right-arm medium bowler Stuart Binny exactly provided the crucial support with the ball in hand which the visitors needed.
While Mohit managed the bowling figures of 8-2-22-4, the first-change bowler Binny destroyed the entire remaining batting line-up with his extraordinary bowling spell of 4.4-2-4-6. Their bowling helped the Indian team to bundle out the hosts for just 58 runs (17.4 overs) as the visitors won that match by 47 runs (D/L method). Undoubtedly, Binny won the Player of the Match, but more importantly, it became the new record of the best ODI bowling figures by an Indian bowler.
Congratulations! Really happy to see someone from Karnataka break the record: Anil Kumble messaged Stuart Binny
To create that new record in Indian ODI history, Binny broke Anil Kumble’s record of 6/12, which the leg-spinner achieved in November 1993. Binny understood about that record only during the presentation ceremony of that match. Later, Kumble congratulated him for that achievement with a text message where the legendary leg-spinner claimed that he was happy to see the record-breaker was also from Karnataka.
Both Kumble and Binny’s domestic cricket team were Karnataka. However, Binny is now serving for Nagaland.
Binny recently told Sportskeeda, “To break Anil Bhai’s record was something special. I had no idea that the record was broken until I went to the presentation. I actually got a text message from him saying ‘Congratulations! Really happy to see someone from Karnataka break the record.’”
On 27th November 1993, during the Hero Cup final at Kolkata, Anil Kumble delivered the bowling figures of 6.1-2-12-6 against West Indies. At that time, it was also the best ODI bowling figures for a spinner.