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Former Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny opened up on not getting enough games to play in the international circuit and said it motivated him a lot to perform in domestic cricket.
On Monday, Binny announced retirement from all forms of cricket after playing six Tests, 14 ODIs and three T20 International matches for India and played domestic cricket for close to 18 years.
Stuart Binny picked 6/4 against Bangladesh in 2014
Binny had stunned the cricket world with his bowling figures of 6/4 against Bangladesh in an ODI match in 2014. Binny’s spell was so impactful for India as they were bowled out for 105 in the first innings but the Karnataka player ran riots through Bangladesh’s batting order to fold their innings on 58 as India won the match by 47 runs.
I had to come back to Ranji Trophy cricket and I never really went back: Stuart Binny
After that, Binny was picked for the England tour and was also part of India’s 2015 Worl Cup campaign, although he didn’t play a single game in the tournament. Binny never got many opportunities since 2015 to play for India but he continued playing for his state side in Ranji Trophy and also moved to Nagaland in 2019.
Binny said that it motivated him to play and focus on Ranji Trophy when he did not get matches at the international level.
“I don’t think it affected me instead it motivated me to come back to Ranji Trophy cricket and do well. Obliviously, it was disappointing not to get a game for the next 6 months. I had to come back to Ranji Trophy cricket, and I never really went back to that Indian team,” Binny told Sports Tiger.
“After 6 months, I returned for the 2015 World Cup in Australia. More than upset, it gave me a push to go to domestic cricket and perform once again and prove that I was still good enough to go out and perform,” he added.
Binny last played for Nagaland against Arunachal Pradesh in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match on March 1 this year.