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Monday, August 30, 2021

Binny retires from all forms of Cricket


I have watched his father play at Chepauk in Ranji match and later in Test too ! – now comes the news of son retiring from all forms of Cricket.  There was a time when he was brutally trolled yet – he holds a grand record and retires gracefully.

You may not connect Florida to Cricket.  Florida is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico,  Alabama, Georgia, Bahamas,  Atlantic Ocean, the Straits of Florida and Cuba.   The state capital is Tallahassee and the most populous city is Jacksonville.  The man in news, would not like to remember Florida, especially, Lauderhill,   a city in Broward County, Florida, United States.  But would proudly remember June 17, 2014 and Dhaka. 

The man first talked about – Roger Binny – an all rounder – a valuable bits and pieces man for Indian team, a good fielder, safe catcher, good bowler in swing friendly conditions and useful batter.  He scored 83 not out and shared a record 155 run seventh-wicket partnership with Madan Lal against Pakistan at Bangalore in 1983. In India's victorious campaign in Prudential World Cup, he took 18 wickets, then the record in the competition.

Not a post on Roger but on his son Stuart Binny .. .. Stuart, former India allrounder who boasts the country's best bowling figures in ODIs, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.  "It has given me tremendous joy to have represented my country at the highest international level," Binny, son of 1983 World Cup-winning allrounder Roger Binny and a two-time Ranji Trophy winner, said in a statement. "I would like to acknowledge the huge role the BCCI has played in my cricketing journey. Their support and faith over the years have been invaluable. My cricketing journey would not even have started had it not been for Karnataka state and their support. It has been an honour to captain and win trophies with my state. "I am grateful to the coaches who encouraged me, to the selectors who put their faith in me. To my captains who entrusted me. None of this would have been possible without my family, I stepped out on the field every day thinking of them.

Stuart Binny, 37, represented India across 23 matches - six Tests, 14 ODIs and three T20Is. His first-class career spanned nearly 17 years, and he played the bulk of those 95 matches for his home state Karnataka;  playing a key role in Karnataka's run to the Ranji Trophy title. Overall, he ended his first-class career with 4796 runs and 146 wickets.

His finest hour came at Dhaka - After being skittled out for 105 in an One dayer, India bowled Bangladesh for 55 – with Mohit Sharma taking 4 wickets and .. .. .. and Stuart Binny returning figures of 4.4 – 2 – 4 – 6 – yes 6 wickets for 4 runs.      He last played an international match in 2016, a T20I, and was hit all over the park in the solitary over he bowled, conceding 32 runs in an over to West Indies in Lauderhill.

His wife is a famous Sports journalist – Mayanti Langer who has hosted many tournaments – Cricket and Football.

Wishing Stuart Binny a peaceful retired happy life.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
30th Aug 2021.

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