Home > Features >

India vs England, 2nd ODI at Cardiff: The Stuart Binny – Ravindra Jadeja conundrum

Stuart Binny (in pic) has a better bowling average of 5.66 compared to Ravindra Jadeja's 32.58 © Getty Images
Stuart Binny (in pic) has a better bowling average of 5.66 compared to Ravindra Jadeja’s 32.58 © Getty Images

With India’s first match against England washed out due to rain, the second one becomes that much more important. The team selection is therefore crucial. Shiamak Unwalla looks at whether the all-rounder’s role should be fulfilled by the medium-pacer Stuart Binny or the left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

On the face of it, the selection dilemma that India faces for the all-rounder’s spot ought to be a no-contest. Ravindra Jadeja is a veteran of over 100 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), while Stuart Binny has featured just four times. Jadeja is a proven performer, while Binny is largely untested.
Clearly, Binny has not played nearly enough international cricket to justify the figures he has after just four ODIs. For instance, Jadeja’s batting average is over twice that of Binny’s, but the latter’s bowling average of 5.66 (bolstered by his 6/4 against Bangladesh recently) is phenomenal compared to Jadeja’s 32.58.

However, given the recent form of both players — as well as the Indian line-up and the pitch conditions — it seems likely that India might go in with the relatively unheralded Binny. The reasoning for this is simple: skipper MS Dhoni likes to use his part-timers, of which there are many in the side like Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.

Besides this, while Dhoni did not use Binny a lot in the Test series, Binny is likely to be a useful third or fourth seamer in the limited overs games. That Binny recently bowled the best spell ever by an Indian in ODIs helps his cause. Binny showed his ability with the bat in the Test series as well, with a 78-run knock at Trent Bridge, and an unbeaten 25 — the highest of the Indian innings — in their pitiful display at The Oval.

On the other hand, Jadeja’s recent form has not been great. In the Test series, he was used largely as a defensive option, and was not particularly effective with the bat either. That being said, his ODI batting record has improved considerably with time, and it is wholly likely that that record will keep getting better.

For the moment, however, it seems the cards are stacked a little more in Binny’s favour. The fact that the ICC World Cup 2015 will be held in seam-friendly conditions in Australia and New Zealand further helps Binny’s chances, at least for the first couple of games. One thing is for certain though: the fact that India actually has some competition for an all-rounder’s spot is the best news they have had in quite a while.

Complete coverage of India’s tour of England 2014

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington


Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs


India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane


Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

Live Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 3, Day 2 — All matches: Yuvraj Singh scores 2nd century in his 2nd Ranji game this season

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Can Eoin Morgan change England’s limited-overs fortunes?

Australia India Interviews Moments in history Ricky Ponting

India vs Australia 2014-15: DRS can be used in event of “howlers”, says Ravi Shastri

India vs Australia 2014-15: VVS Laxman preferred Pragyan Ojha as Ravindra Jadeja’s replacement

BCCI Vice-President Sneh Bansal asked to resign over financial irregularities

Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Gautam Gambhir wants venue of next Delhi game shifted to Ahmedabad

ICC World Cup 2015: Stuart Binny optimistic for mega-event after gain in pace

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

ICC World Cup 2015: Will India’s trend of performing against expectations continue?

Moin Khan: Pakistan must carry momentum in ICC World Cup 2015

West Indies tour of South Africa 2014-15: One-sided encounters may suck interest out of series

India tour of Australia 2014-15: Can Australia make it 12 wins in a row at home?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here