Over the years, India’s limited-overs and Test captains MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have backed Binny and the all-rounder too has lived up to the potential © Getty Images
Over the years, India’s limited-overs and Test captains MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have backed Binny and the all-rounder too has lived up to the potential © Getty Images

It is difficult being Stuart Binny. The Karnataka and India all-rounder has had his share of hardships. At a young age, he took up the offer of rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), which though gave him decent exposure early on, but took him away from mainstream cricket due to a BCCI ban. Later, the board’s amnesty came his way and he made the most of it, getting back to the Karnataka fold. Since then, he did not look back. He scored runs and took wickets, thus making most of whatever opportunities came his way and soon started knocking on the door for Team India selection.

It did come, the selection, but with it opened the pandora’s box. His selection hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons instead of his talent and performance. The presence of his father and former Indian cricketer Roger Binny in the national selection panel was the reason, as people saw it as a clear case of conflict of interest. Then on, he has been in and out of the Indian side and at the same time, a subject of social media troll for issues ranging from his selection, performance to sadly, his wife Mayanti Langer.

Recently dropped from the Indian Test team for the ongoing three-match series against New Zealand, Binny scored 98 playing for India Red against India Blue in the Duleep Trophy on the same day after getting the news. Reacting to the selection news, Binny recently said: “It (that innings) was difficult, especially with the news coming in that I was left out of the Test team. I think it was about me proving to some people that being left out isn’t the end of the road for me. It was a battle where I had to put my foot down, head down, and prove myself”, Binny was quoted as saying by a cricket website.

“I heard the news when I walked in,” he added. “It wasn’t a morning game anyway. So we got the news after the selection meeting at 1 pm. I still don’t think the innings was connected to me being dropped. It fell in place that day when I scored 98. Even then, people had mixed opinions on how I batted. It doesn’t matter now. To me, what matters is that I do my part take wickets and look to score runs.”

Over the years, India’s limited-overs and Test captains MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have backed Binny and the all-rounder too has lived up to the potential. “I have gone through it (criticism) ever since I began playing. There are people that come and tell you this happened. I don’t throw a fit. There’s no point getting upset. I know how I can contribute to Karnataka and Indian cricket team. That’s for me to decide.”

Binny, who is not on microblogging site, likes to stay away from it all and just wants to let his game do the talking for him. He says the knock of 98 in pressure situation underlines his role as a team player. “I didn’t play my regular game in the first hour when the score was 67 for 4,” he said. “I played 52 balls and scored just 10 runs. I don’t tend to do that normally. At that time, it was needed because the team was struggling and we (along with Gurkeerat) had to stitch a partnership. Then I moved into my game when the spinners came in. “But even then, there were mixed opinions about the initial play.”