The 36-year-old Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny, and the son of 1983 World Cup-winner Roger Binny, might not have a successful international career, but he is still on top of the record books of India’s best ODI bowling performances. Talking about his record-breaking 6/4 bowling performance against the then hosts Bangladesh in June 2014, Binny still gets goosebumps when he watches that particular video.
It was the second game of the three-match ODI series between Bangladesh and India at Dhaka that was played on 17th June 2014. After Bangladesh decided to field first, the visitors India were bundled out for just 105 runs (25.3 overs) in that rain-curtailed 41-overs ODI. Except for the captain Suresh Raina (27), all other Indian batsmen failed to reach the 20-run mark.
While almost every Indian were expecting an easy series-level victory for Bangladesh in that game, Indian pacer Mohit Sharma and medium-pacer Stuart Binny showed their magic with the ball in hand. At first, Mohit dismissed both the Bangladesh openers very cheaply.
When the hosts managed to build up a good third-wicket partnership, Binny not only broke that partnership, but he also became unstoppable on that evening.
While the hosts Bangladesh were once batting on 44/2, they were suddenly bundled out for just 58 runs and the visiting side India unexpectedly won that low-scoring match by 47 runs (D/L method) to secure their win in that ODI series.
Mohit Sharma finished that match with the bowling figures of 8-2-22-4. However, the best shinning performer in that match was the Player of the Match award winner Stuart Binny with the bowling figures of 4.4-2-4-6. He broke the legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble‘s record of 6/12 (against West Indies at Kolkata on 27th November 1993) and created a new record of the best ODI bowling figures for an Indian bowler.
I could not have asked for a better wicket on that day to suit my bowling: Stuart Binny
Talking about that incredible bowling performance, Binny called it was his best day. The 36-year-old still feels similar excitement when he watches the video of that match.
Binny told Sportskeeda, “I still get goosebumps when I watch that video to be honest. You can’t ask for better days than that. It was a game where we didn’t get too many runs on the board and we were under pressure from ball one. It was a wicket that wasn’t bad but we were on and off the field because of rain.”
Binny further added that the condition was best suitable for his bowling and he utilised it in the best way.
He continued, “The covers came on and off and on and off. There was a little moisture in the surface and it suited my bowling. I could not have asked for a better wicket on that day to suit my bowling.”
From 2014 to 2016, Binny played six Tests, 14 ODIs and three T20Is. While the right-handed batsman scored 194 Test runs (average 21.55), 230 ODI runs (average 28.75) and 35 T20I runs (average 17.50), the right-arm medium pacer also managed to pick up three Test wickets, 20 ODI wickets and only T20I wickets.