On several occasions in the last few years, Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny has been tagged as ‘undeserving’ of the Indian jersey. While he may not a swashbuckling player, Binny seems to be doing a fine job of ignoring the negativity and focusing on his process to deliver for his team when the situation demands it.
In Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) clash yesterday, Binny walked in to bat at a tricky situation. RR needed 50 runs off 17 deliveries. He was on strike with 49 needed off 16 balls. The match was heading towards a dull end until the all-rounder reignited the runchase with flair.
He scored a boundary off the first ball he faced. No biggie, right? But then he struck a six off Shami the very next ball. Next over, skipper Ajinkya Rahane got out. It was a tough ask from the RR player but he gave it his best shot. He struck two sixes off Arshdeep Singh’s bowling in the penultimate over.
In the last over Shreyas Gopal got out off the first ball. 23 needed off 5 balls was too much to ask from a player who was batting for the first time in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Eventually KXIP lost the match by 13 runs but Binny’s contribution was vital as they wouldn’t be in the game till the last over if it wasn’t for him.
The 34-year-old scored 33 runs off 11 deliveries at an impressive strike rate of 300 and remained not out. Twitterati were impressed with Binny’s destructive innings:
— Nitin (@gnitin4450) April 16, 2019
They even sent Jofra Archer ahead of him
RR fans after watching Stuart Binny’s innings: pic.twitter.com/3PCsNy2ino
— Amit Rana (@AmitRana2307) April 16, 2019
The GOT reference had to be there
— Chandler Stark Kings (@SarcasmChamp) April 16, 2019
— Some1! (@Some1Dare) April 16, 2019
Stuart Binny never got the backing of his captain throughout his short intl career.
He was hit for 5 sixes in an over and hatred showered over him.Pls remember even Stokes was hit for 4 consecutive sixes but he is still the best allrounder in the world.#KXIPvsRR #Stuartbinny
— Nandan Shetty (@nandanshetty333) April 16, 2019
And he earned brownie points for this one
— Stump.Microphone (@MicrophoneStump) April 16, 2019
— MD’SOHAIL (@mohmad_suhail) April 16, 2019
— Suvajit Mustafi (Rivu) (@RibsGully) April 16, 2019
Stuart Binny #KXIPvRR
2. Reality pic.twitter.com/fUQL6jrWWl
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 16, 2019
It was a shame he couldn’t finish the game
Dre Russ, Ab De Villiers, Jos Buttler. WHO?
Stuart Binny is the King! #KXIPcvsRR
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@18prajakta) April 16, 2019
But few people refuse to learn, don’t they?
— Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) April 16, 2019
This was his second match this season. Binny didn’t get to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and bowled just one over, giving 6 runs. With RR in the bottom half of the table, Binny should get more chances to showcase his talent.