Stuart Binny made his first-class debut in 2003-04 and it took him more than 10 years to represent India. Son of Roger Binny, former Indian cricketer, Stuart was in the same mould as his father.
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Despite being a wicket-to-wicket medium pacer and also a useful lower-order batsman, he was in and out of the Karnataka Ranji team and when the ICL came calling he inked a deal with Hyderabad Heroes.
Playing in the ICL gave him good exposure as he was playing with some of the greats in the rebel league. However, he was missing out on the opportunity of playing for his country as all the ICL players were banned by the BCCI. After the league was scrapped, Binny returned to first-class cricket.
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He was then signed up by Rajasthan in the Indian Premier League. The best years of his career started from then on, performing consistently for Karnataka and his franchise in the IPL.
A successful domestic season in 2012-13, earned him a call to the Indian ODI side. Binny made his debut against New Zealand but didn’t do much in the only game on the tour. He was then selected for the Bangladesh tour after the senior players decided to take a break. In the second ODI of the series, he picked up 6 for 4 and helped India defend a paltry 105. Those figures are the best by an Indian in the 50-over format.
The pitches being helpful for his kind of bowling in England, Binny was handed his first Test cap at Trent Bridge. Though he didn’t do much with the ball, he contributed with the bat by scoring 78 runs and helped India save the game. He played two more Tests in the series but was ignored for the subsequent ODI series.
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He returned to play the last two ODIs of the home series against Sri Lanka in 2014. Looking for a medium-paced all-rounder, the selectors named in the squad for the 2015 World Cup.