New Delhi: Stuart Binny came to India's rescue with both bat and ball, as the visitors went past the line against a spirited Zimbabwe side on Friday. Binny's all-round performance was a sound answer to India's genuine need of a No. 7 in the limited over format.
Binny scored a valiant knock of 77 runs and then picked two crucial wickets to swing the tide in India's favor. The 167-run partnership with centurion Ambati Rayudu helped India post a respectable score and Binny's approach was pleasing to the eye.
Binny who has remained in the shadow of the more favored Ravindra Jadeja, showed that given the platform he can deliver goods at crucial situations.
India's lack of a player to chip in with both bat and ball has affected the team and that in turn has shifted more pressure on batsmen up the order.
Jadeja was dropped from the Indian squad after a string of poor performances with both bat and ball. last good innings in ODIs was way back in September 2014 and since then he has struggled. Even in the bowling department Jadeja's contribution had hit a low.
Binny has two more ODIs up his sleeves in the ongoing series and a good outing there can consolidate his position as the genuine No. 7 India is looking for.