Stuart Binny, the Indian all-rounder, has announced his retirement from first-class and international cricket.
The 37-year-old, who represented India in 6 Tests, 14 ODIs and 3 T20Is, last featured in international cricket in 2016. His bowling figures of 6 for 9 against Bangladesh, in 2014, remains the best by an Indian bowler in ODIs.
“It has given me tremendous joy and pride to have represented my country at the highest international level,” Binny said in a statement on Monday (August 30).
“I’m grateful to the coaches who encouraged me, to the selectors who put their faith in me. To the friends who shared my cricketing journey with overwhelming pride, to the colleagues who put their hearts out on the battlefield with me. To my captains who entrusted me. None of this would have been possible had it not been for my family, I stepped out on the field everyday thinking about them.”
A veteran in domestic cricket, the medium pace bowling all-rounder had switched from his home state of Karnataka to Nagaland at the twilight of his career. Over a period of 17 years, Binny played 95 first-class matches, scoring 4796 runs at an average of 34.25, apart from picking 148 wickets. He was an integral member of the Karnataka side during their successive Ranji Trophy victories in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The son of former World Cup winner Roger Binny, Stuart featured in 100 List A matches and 150 T20s, including 95 IPL games for Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has also had a brief stint with the now-defunct Indian Cricket league.
“I would like to acknowledge the huge role that BCCI has played in my journey. Their support and faith over the years have been invaluable. My cricketing journey would not even have started had it not been for Karnataka and their support. It has been an honour to captain and win trophies with my state. I would also like to thank the IPL teams who have enriched my career.”
A Level 2 coach with the National Cricket Academy, Binny has now shifted focus to cricket coaching.