Stuart Binny felt good as he finally delivered with the bat for India. Before taking off for Zimbabwe, Binny said he hoped to play a bigger role for the team in the ODIs here in the absence of some of the regular batsman. In the first ODI against Zimbabwe, he played an intelligent innings of 76 balls of 77, and helped India to recover from 87 for 5 to 255 for six. His 160 runs partnership with Ambati Rayudu helped India to put a respectable total on board.
Binny, always had to bat at the death over. So, it was difficult for him to capitalise on these given opportunity. But, this time, against Zimbabwe he got a massive opportunity and he did not squander it. He delivered at a time when India was badly needed a partnership. When Binny at no. 6 India still had 25 overs of game left. He showed his merit with the bat and notched up a career best score.
“I’ve played 10 ODIs and I haven’t had the opportunity to bat more than five or six overs,” Binny was quoted as saying by BCCI website. “It was a great opportunity for me to go and spend some time in the middle and try and get as much as we could.” The situation was tricky for India, coming at five down it was easy to play aggressive brand of cricket. Binny played according to the situation and punished the bad balls, and later of his inning he played lofted shot as well.
“We didn’t set any totals when we went into bat, we just wanted to bat the next 10 overs and try not to lose any more wickets. It was a bit tough but the wicket started to ease out a bit. Once you were set you could rotate the strike a bit more and play a few shots. But we just wanted to bat the first 10 overs,” he said.
In the last ten over both Binny and Rayudu accumulated 91 runs. Binny said that was possible because both he and Rayudu were well set to take the advantage of the death overs. “The difference was when we were batting it was me and Rayudu both set at that point of time, but [Zimbabwe] had one batsman set and the other one was trying to rotate the strike, so two didn’t go hard at the same time. But when we were batting we set the platform. We had batsmen in the shed who could go, and we were both set on 60-plus. If you’re set you’ve got to take it as far as you can,” he said.
With early morning start in nippy weather, the Harare Sports Club wicket will assist the bowlers in the first innings. Keeping that in mind, Binny said it will be crucial for the batsmen to see off the swinging new ball with respect before capitalising with big shots.
“If we get a chance to bat up front again early in the morning it’s crucial, with the Dukes ball that does swing and seam a bit, that we’ve got to give the bowlers a lot more respect, compared to playing with the Kookaburra ball in other ODIs. If you can get through the first 15 overs without losing more than a wicket or two, then we’ve got the firepower to get 300 in an ODI,” Binny signed off.