Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny entered the international arena with plenty of promise but could not process that in the long run. Stuart Binny’s career across all three formats lasted only 23 games, having made his international debut in 2014. Nevertheless, he holds the record for registering the best bowling figures in ODIs for India and reveals to have received a text message from Anil Kumble for the same.
In reply to India’s 105 in a rain-curtailed clash in 41 overs in Dhaka in June 2014, Bangladesh fell 47 runs short of the target. Stuart Binny’s stunning bowling figures of 4-2-4-6 triggered the hosts’ collapse as he collected the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, and Nasir Hossain.
In that match, Binny broke Anil Kumble’s record that was alive for 21 years. Stuart Binny stated that breaking that record was special and he had no idea that he did until the all-rounder went to the presentation. In his text message to Binny, former leg-spinner Anil Kumble was glad that someone from Karnataka broke the record.
“To break Anil Bhai’s record was something special,” Binny said. “I had no idea that the record was broken until I went to the presentation. I actually got a text message from him saying ‘Congratulations! Really happy to see someone from Karnataka break the record’,” Binny said during an interaction with Sportskeeda.
I just basically went back to what I did in domestic cricket with the ball: Stuart Binny
The 36-year-old further stated that he went back to the basics of domestic cricket while bowling that spell, making it seam and bowling to his strengths. Suresh Raina, who was the captain, asked him to bowl Test lengths and Stuart Binny claimed that they pitched the ball up, exploited the moisture and made the ball talk.
“I just basically went back to what I did in domestic cricket with the ball, just put it in good areas, just try and make it seam and bowl to my strengths,” Binny said.
“Raina was my captain at the time and he said ‘listen, I just need you to bowl areas and Test lengths’, which is just what we did. We pitched the ball a little bit further and tried to use whatever moisture was on the pitch and things worked out that day. I’m still out here smiling,” the Karnataka-born concluded.