India all-rounder Stuart Binny has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Despite having a lot of potential, and getting reasonable chances in the Indian team, Binny failed to become a regular in MS Dhoni’s side. He represented India in six Tests, 14 ODIs and three T20Is, accumulating 194, 230 and 35 runs respectively.
In addition, he picked 3 Test wickets, 20 ODI wickets, and accounted for 1 scalp in the T20Is. He also played 95 IPL games and scored 880 runs and accounted for 22 wickets for various franchises. In a first-class career that lasted more than 17 years, Binny played most of his cricket with Karanataka. His breakthrough season came in the 2013-14 when he scored 443 runs at an average of 43.22 and picked up 14 wickets, paving way for Karnataka’s run to the Ranji Trophy title. Overall, he ended his first-class career with 4796 runs and 146 wickets.
Binny’s finest hour came when he picked 6 wickets for 4 runs in an ODI against Bangladesh, helping India to win a low scoring game. This is the best bowling performance for India in ODIs. He bettered Anil Kumble’s record of 6-12. In his debut Test against England in 2014, Binny stroked a blazing 78 in the second innings. However, that was the only 50+ score he went on to score in his career. Binny conceded 31 runs in a T20I against West Indies in Florida which effectively ended his career. The emergence of Hardik Pandya meant that Binny never got a chance to play for India again.
“It has given me tremendous joy to have represented my country at the highest international level,” Binny, son of 1983 World Cup-winning allrounder Roger Binny, said in a statement. “I would like to acknowledge the huge role the BCCI has played in my cricketing journey. Their support and faith over the years have been invaluable. My cricketing journey would not even have started had it not been for Karnataka state and their support. It has been an honour to captain and win trophies with my state.
“I am grateful to the coaches who encouraged me, to the selectors who put their faith in me. To my captains who entrusted me. None of this would have been possible without my family, I stepped out on the field every day thinking of them.
“Cricket runs through my blood, and I will always look to give back to the game that has given me everything. I thank you all for your continued support in my next innings”.