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India all-rounder Stuart Binny calls it a day, quits all forms of cricket

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India all-rounder Stuart Binny has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. The cricketer represented India in 6 Tests, 14 ODIs, and 3 T20Is.

"I would like to inform that I have decided to retire from international and first-class cricket," Stuart Binny said in a statement.

"It has given me tremendous joy and pride to have represented my country at the highest international level. I would like to acknowledge the huge role that the BCCI have played in my cricketing journey. Their faith and support over the years have been incredible. 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." Binny mentioned in his retirement statement.

"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.” the two-time Ranji Trophy winner added. 

Binny represented his home state Karnataka in first-class cricket and later moved to Nagaland in 2019 in the later stages of his career. He played a total of 95 first-class matches in a career that spanned almost 17 years. The 2013-14 season proved to be a remarkable one for him where he displayed his all-round abilities and scored 443 runs alongside taking 14 wickets. He was instrumental in Karnataka lifting the coveted Ranji Trophy that season. The all-rounder ended his first-class career with 4796 runs and 146 wickets.

Binny’s moment of fame in India colours came in 2014 on the tour to Bangladesh where his figures of 6 for 4 turned the tide in India’s favour in the second ODI at Mirpur. They remain the best bowling figures by an Indian in ODI till date.  

The all-rounder was also a member of India’s touring party to England in 2014 where he made his debut in the first Test at Trent Bridge and helped India save the Test with a composed 78. He also featured in India’s famous 95-run victory in the second Test at Lord’s. 

Though Binny maintained his place in the national ODI squad, his opportunities to make it to the fielding XI remained limited. He travelled to the 2015 World Cup but warmed the bench for the entirety of the campaign. His last international outing happened to be a T20I in 2016 against the West Indies at Lauderhill.

The Karnataka all-rounder was a regular name in the Indian T20 League having started his career with Mumbai in 2010 and was then a part of Rajasthan from 2011 to 2015. He was signed by Bangalore after Rajasthan’s suspension from the league in 2016.

Binny is a certified NCA Level-2 coach at present and has expressed his desire to coach the upcoming generation.

"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", the 37-year old said. 

Featured photo : Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP

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