India allrounder Stuart Binny has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket.
Stuart Binny Announces Retirement
Stuart, 37, began his career with his state Karnataka and represented India in six Tests, 14 ODIs, and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Stuart still holds the record of the Best ODI Bowling by an Indian. His figures of 4.4-2-4-6 came against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2014. He had bettered the record of his compatriot and leg-spinner legend Anil Kumble, whose six-wicket haul against the West Indies in 1993 but had conceded 12 runs.
He left an impression in 2013 thanks to his performance in the Indian Premier League, scoring 293 runs and taking six wickets. In the same year, he was also named in India A squad for the South Africa tour, and soon he was called in the senior team for their ODI tour of New Zealand.
Binny’s full statement follows
I would like to inform you that I have decided to retire from first-class and international cricket.
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 support and faith over the years have been invaluable. My cricketing journey would not even have started had it not been for the Karnataka state and their support. It has been an honour to captain and win trophies with my state.
I would also like to thank all the IPL teams that have enriched my career. A decade to cherish with Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Thank you to the members of the media who have covered my journey from the inception and highlighted my achievements.
I am grateful to the coaches who encouraged me, to the selectors who put their faith in me. To friends who shared my cricketing journey with overwhelming pride, to 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 every day thinking of them.
The game of cricket runs through my blood, and I will always look to give back to the game that has given me everything.
I thank you for your continued support in my next innings.
Binny remained a regular in India’s ODI squads, though his playing opportunities were limited. He went to the 2015 World Cup but didn’t get to play a match. He last played an international match in 2016, a T20I, and conceded 32 runs in an over to West Indies in Lauderhill.
Binny, who is a certified NCA Level-2 coach, said that he will now foray into the world of coaching.