England vs India: Happy to Have Saved Match on My Debut, Says Stuart Binny

Updated: 14 July 2014 17:48 IST

India's debutant Stuart Binny scored 78 in the second innings to help his side secure a draw in the first Test vs England at Nottingham.

England vs India: Happy to Have Saved Match on My Debut, Says Stuart Binny
Binny overcame a disappointing first innings to score a fifty in his second on Test debut. © AP

Nottingham:

Having answered his critics with a match-saving 78, Stuart Binny expressed his pride and happiness on getting India out of a sticky situation in his debut Test. (Match Report | Highlights)

"I was a bit disappointed with the way it went in the first innings. I did the hard work for the first 10-15 minutes - which is the most crucial phase for a batsman - and then played a loose shot to get out. So today I just wanted to go in there and spend as much time in the middle as I could," Binny told bcci.tv at the end of the match.  (Don't Regret Not Playing Ashwin: Dhoni)

"The ball was reversing and wicket started doing a bit especially with the new ball. There are not many players, who get a chance to save the Test for their country on their debut. I did and I am really happy that I took it," the burly Karnataka all-rounder said. (Alastair Cook miffed with Trent Bridge pitch)

Binny admitted that the Trent Bridge wicket didn't suit his style of bowling but he was desperate to make amends with the willow. (It was not easy to pick wickets: Pujara)

"The wicket didn't suit my style of bowling and I had to understand and accept that quickly. I was told that a Test match lasts five days that so I will be required to play a part at some point.

"So, I went in to bat with a very positive mindset. I knew that if I survived the first 30 minutes, the wicket would ease out. I went with the mindset of playing out balls instead of scoring runs. When you get to 25, that's when you realize, okay, a Test fifty is here for the taking," said the 30-year-old son of current national selector Roger Binny.

Binny however didn't agree that the team management misread the wicket which was a dead track. "I don't think we misread it. It was a hard wicket but there wasn't much bounce. Even the English guys were surprised at how it played out. When we were batting, it felt like we were batting in India. It was a funny wicket."



Topics : India in England, 2014 Stuart Binny India England Cricket
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