It is indeed iconic and rare to hail from a family of cricketers. It is a proud moment for one’s family when one of their own goes on to play international cricket and over time becomes one of the greatest of their nation. Due to the same, it also inspires their children to follow the same path and carry on the legacy.
But not necessarily all the sons of former elite cricketers tend to replicate the prolific wicket-taking or run-scoring ability of their fathers. They often end up performing ordinarily and expectedly fade over time. Later, such cricketers end up taking other professions as cricket may not have been their area of interest. Also, the pressure of carrying forward their fathers’ legacy gets to them.
We take a look at eight sons of former cricketers who could not fill their father’s shoes:
Roger and Stuart Binny:
While Roger Binny did not have quite a fulfilling career, his greatest moment came in 1983 as he was part of the World Cup-winning squad. Binny bowled an economical ten-over spell, giving away only 23 runs for a maiden and plucking the crucial wicket of captain Clive Llyod. The 65-year old ended up playing 27 Tests and 72 ODIs. He was also a handy batsman.
In contrast, his son Stuart Binny’s career only lasted 23 games across all three formats. While he did show some glimpses with the bat and ball, Stuart Binny could not remain consistent in either of the departments. While the 36-year old continues to play IPL and domestic cricket, Stuart last donned the national colours back in 2016.