ENG Vs IND 2018: Stuart Binny Recalls India's Famous Lord's Win in 2014

Published - 01 Aug 2018, 06:48 PM

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: England batsman James Anderson lies stranded as umpire Bruce Oxenford raises the finger as India celebrate their win during day five of 2nd Investec Test match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 21, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Discarded India all-rounder Stuart Binny recalls one his best moments in the national team when India decimated hosts England to win a Test at Lord’s during their 2014 tour under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Meanwhile, India embarks on another similar five-match Test series starting from August 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Binny was a part of the tour and featured in the playing XI during the infamous win.

Ahead of the new tour, the Karnataka all-rounder relived what it felt to win a Test match at an iconic Lord’s Stadium in London.

Incidentally, Binny also made his Test debut during the first Test on that particular tour. Talking about his experience from his debut, Stuart Binny noted he still has that in his memory. He played a crucial hand in the second essay after failing in the first innings.

That day [his debut] is very fresh in my memory. After having failed in the first innings. I walked out to bat with a lot of nerves and a huge task ahead of me, to save the Test match for my country. I guess my experience through domestic cricket, batting at No 6, helped me play the innings that I did,” said Binny.

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates after reaching his century at Lord’s in 2014. Getty Images

An Indian team emerging unscathed from the first Test of a five-match series overseas was rare. As they moved to London, they looked positive but things changed quickly after a poor start with the bat.

Put into bat first, they lost four wickets within 113 runs on a green top. Since then, Ajinkya Rahane played one gem of an innings to guide India to a healthy 295.

For us watching in the dressing room, Ajinkya proved that it was possible to score a hundred in English conditions. For me personally, I appreciated his positive mindset and approach,” recalled Binny.

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After restricting the hosts for 319 riding on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s six-wicket haul, India put a target of 319 runs on the board. Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar scored quickfire fifties after Murali Vijay’s classy 95 runs knock.

However, it was Ishant Sharma‘s brilliant spell that created history for India. The tall and lanky pacer returned with seven for 74 to gift India one of their precious Test wins.

For me personally, that was one of the best spells I have ever seen. Ishant bowled with a lot of heart even though he was exhausted,” said Binny. 

 

It was special to win that Test match at the home of cricket, with the Indian fans cheering us on. After all the celebrations, I discovered that the last time India had won a Test match at Lord’s, some 20-odd years ago, my father was a part of that team. It made the win even more memorable,” Binny concluded.

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