Stuart Binny did not give a single run before picking three wickets  © AFP
Stuart Binny did not give a single run before picking three wickets © AFP

Stuart Binny‘s selection in Team India has been questioned by critics several times. Binny place in the team as an all-rounder has not been justified by his overall performances. Instead he is considered as a liability in the side who has just one half-century in 11 innings in ODIs. But there is one instance when he produced the best bowling figures by an Indian. He bowled an exceptional spell, taking 6 wickets for 4 runs in a span of 4.4 overs. He beat Anil Kumble’s record of 6 for 12 in against West Indies. ALSO READ: Stuart Binny’s six-wicket haul: A look at each of the dismissals

India were on Bangladesh Tour in 2014 under skipper Suresh Raina. MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli were rested for the series. India had already won the first ODI by seven wickets (Duckworth-Lewis method). Binny did not get a chance to play in that match. He was picked in the side in the second ODI at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur. ALSO READ: Roger and Stuart Binny: like father, like son

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field seeing the overcast conditions and the chances of rain. The contest started and India were clear favorites going in the match. India had a horrible start as the pitch was nothing close to Bangladesh pitches. The ball was swinging and debutant Taskin Ahmed was up for the task. He took five wickets for 28 runs in the match to demolish Indian batting line-up. Only Raina was looking in good touch but was unfortunately run out 27. India were bundled out for 105, their lowest score against Bangladesh. After first innings it looked like the hosts had the match in their bag. Taskin had a dream debut but it was short-lived as Binny was going to turn tables around in India’s favour.ALSO READ: Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma skittle Bangladesh: Instances of two bowlers taking all 10 wickets in an ODI innings

Almost everyone ruled India out of the match and expected the hosts to romp over India. Mohit Sharma drew first blood sending the openers back to the pavilion. But debutant Mohammad Mithun and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim played cautiously and built a partnership between them. Umesh Yadav was having a bad day as he got thrashed for 32 runs in five overs. That is when Stuart Terence Roger Binny came into the attack. He bowled a maiden, swinging the ball both ways and beating Mithun for a couple of times but his best was yet to come.

Mithun and Rahim were cruising towards the target after two quick wickets. Binny bowled a slower one which hit Mushfiqur’s bat on the up and Wriddhiman Saha took it comfortably. He bowled a wicket maiden second over. Mithun was surviving the swing but he threw his wicket away trying to flick the ball. Akshar Patel took the catch comfortably at forward square leg. Mahmudullah came in to bat and got out for a golden duck. Binny lured him into cover drive but the ball went straight to Ambati Rayudu at point region, who took the catch in second attempt. He had taken three wickets in sixteen balls without leaking a single run. But it got better.

Binny showed glimpses of his father Roger Binny used to as India were back in the match with Bangladesh five for 50 in 14th over. Mohit was doing the job at the other end. He removed all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan and Ziaur Rahman to give India a real chance of closing out the game. Nasir Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza tried to play themselves in and get the scorecard moving but it was Binny’s day all along.

That innings followed a few many disappointing spells and innings. His selection in the side for West Indies tour raised questions over selectors over giving him more chances than he deserved. He has played six Tests and has scored at an average of 21.55. His bowling record is not great either with only three wickets and a bowling average of 86. The only innings worth mentioning was the one against England in which he scored match saving 78 runs alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 2014. This will probably be the last chance for Binny to prove himself in international circuit.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)