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“The IPL has also given me a lot of confidence knowing that I could perform on the big stage when you play against international players, in big crowds and pressure games”
After being included in India’s Asia Cup and World Twenty20 squad, all-rounder Stuart Binny has announced that he is determined to represent his country in more matches.
As of right now, the 29-year-old has only represented India in one ODI, which came against New Zealand in Hamilton on January 28.
However, Binny’s ODI debut was not as exciting as it could have been since he did not get a chance to bat and he gave away eight runs in the lone over he bowled.
“Yes, I would have loved to get a chance to bat in that game but the situation demanded a partnership at that time which we stitched so I wouldn’t say I was disappointed,” Binny said. “Also, that one over was what was needed at that time from the captain’s point of view. Sometimes it happens in cricket [that] as soon as you get the chance you need to go and perform. I didn’t get a good chance to bat or bowl but I wasn’t disappointed. You always want to come back and score runs, it’s always good to score runs so that you are on the selectors’ mind and keep the consistency going.”
In the six Ranji Trophy matches Binny has played in this year, he has scored 321 runs at an average of 40.12 and claimed 11 wickets at an average of 37.18.
However, Binny takes confidence from his outstanding Ranji Trophy season two years ago, where he scored 742 runs at an incredible average of 67.45 and took 20 wickets at a brilliant average of 20.10.
“What I really take confidence from is my season two years ago from the Ranji Trophy [in] which I had 750-odd runs and then carried it into the IPL,” Binny said. “The IPL has also given me a lot of confidence knowing that I could perform on the big stage when you play against international players, in big crowds and pressure games. Where I bat I tend to finish games, that’s my role with Rajasthan Royals. So once that started happening for me I realised I could go on and do greater things.”
Binny also credited that now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) for his success as it allowed him to play alongside and learn from international cricketers.
The 29-year-old added that he doesn’t believe his selection came too late.
“ICL was something that transformed me,” Binny said. “It gave me confidence to play on a platform to do well, play with international players. It’s been a good journey, it’s a been an experience for me. I learnt a lot through the three-four years coming back from the ICL. I worked hard on my fitness to do well.
“I wouldn’t say it’s [selection for national squad] pretty late. I think I’ve peaked at this time in my career, I’ve matured as a cricketer right now and really looking forward to perform for my country.”