Like his father in 1983, can Stuart Binny emerge as India's World Cup hero?
When Indian national selectors announced their 15-man World Cup squad, the only name that raised a few eyebrows was that of all-rounder Stuart Binny.
New Delhi: When Indian national selectors announced their 15-man World Cup squad, the only name that raised a few eyebrows was that of all-rounder Stuart Binny.
Sandeep Patel-led selection committee picked the Karnataka player along with two other all-rounders Ravinder Jadeja and Axar Patel.
After his selection, a few cricket pundits felt that discarded all-rounder Yuvraj Singh could have been a better option. However, some were of the view that, Robin Uthappa, who is in red-hot form, should have been given a chance in place of the 30-year-old.
Interestingly, former Indian cricketer Roger Binny, father of Stuart, was also being part of the five-member selection panel, who picked India's World Cup squad on Tuesday.
In the 1983 World Cup, which India won under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, Roger, also an all-rounder, played a crucial role with the ball. In fact, he was the highest wicket taker at the coveted tournament.
It has been 31 years since India won their maiden World Cup. Whether Stuart can emulate the 1983 World Cup heroics of his father in the forthcoming World Cup is something only time will tell.
But in New Zealand, where the ball swings and seams more than Australia, Stuart can emerge as a dark horse.
However, it would be interesting to watch and compare Binny junior's performance to that of his father in 1983 once the quadrennial event comes to an end.