Former Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny said that he was least bothered about his trollers and critics during his playing days and was completely focused on his game.
On Monday, Binny announced retirement from all forms of cricket after playing six Tests, 14 ODIs and three T20 International matches for India and domestic cricket for close to 18 years.
It has become common these days when a player who under-performs or is having a tough time in his career is often subjected to being trolled on social media with disgusting messages. In fact, more than the cricketer his wife Mayanti Langer, who is also an anchor and cricket presenter, has faced the trolls for the player’s performance.
What I did was I totally kind of shut of what people had to say: Stuart Binny
Binny said that the trolls never mattered to him as he didn’t pay much attention to them and explained that social media doesn’t help a sportsperson, it only helps to pass their time.
“What I did was I totally kind of shut of what people had to say. From a very early age, I had a lot of people saying a lot of stuff about me, so it really did not affect what people said. I think it was more important what people, like my family, and the motivation they gave me that I took as positives,” Binny told Sports Tiger.
“Yes, you have critics when you are playing cricket and it’s always nice to know some things that maybe you can change in your game, but if you really look at it, I never really paid much attention to social media or the trolls or what people were saying in the media at that time when I was playing.
“I was fully focused to do my best in my training and my matches. I would advise a young cricketer to stay as calm as possible and not get too much into social media. Yes, social media is important, but I don’t (think) it plays a role as a sportsperson for you. It’s just something that passes your time after cricket,” he added.
Stuart Binny played his 17-year domestic career for Karnataka before moving to Nagaland
Stuart Binny represented Karnataka for the most part of his career and then switched to Nagaland towards the end. He played 95 first-class matches, scoring 4796 runs at an average of 34.25, in addition to picking 148 wickets. He featured in 100 List-A matches and 150 T20s, including 95 IPL games for Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.