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Stuart Binny reveals what MS Dhoni told him during his Test debut to save the match

Binny played a big role in saving the Test for India when he came out to bat in the second innings and Binny said that Dhoni had asked him to hang in there when his number came up.

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New Delhi Published on: July 26, 2020 10:34 IST
Stuart Binny reveals what MS Dhoni told him during his Test debut to save the match
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Stuart Binny reveals what MS Dhoni told him during his Test debut to save the match

All-rounder Stuart Binny revealed what MS Dhoni told him during his Test debut to save the match. Binny made his debut in 20144 against England in Nottingham Test. The series was a dramatic one with the first Test being a rather drab draw due to a disappointing pitch at Trent Bridge and the second was a historic win for India at Lord's.

Binny's much-hyped debut was not up to the mark at first as he was dismissed by Ben Stokes for 1 run and followed it up by wicket-less with the ball during England's innings. 

However, he played a big role in saving the Test for India when he came out to bat in the second innings and Binny said that Dhoni had asked him to hang in there when his number came up.

"A special day in my life to receive my Test cap #281 from Mahi bhai (Dhoni). That Test match again didn't go the way we wanted to. We were under the pump on the last day. I had scored 1 in the first innings, so obviously [I had] a sleepless night before that second innings when I walked in to bat," Binny told SportsKeeda.

"And Mahi bhai told me, ‘Listen, we need you to bat 4-5 hours to save the Test match'. And I looked at him like I can't believe he said something like that to me, because I wasn't even thinking clearly at that time. I was nervous, I was playing my first Test match and hadn't got runs."

Binny showed immense grit and slam 78 off 114 balls which include eight fours and a six. He shared crucial 65-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja for seventh wicket. After the soouthpaw's departure, Binny stood his ground strong and stitched 91-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the eighth wicket.

"I walked in, and I normally take a leg-stump guard, and I don't know what I was thinking that I asked the umpire, ‘Can I have middle stump, please?' Then I heard myself and (realised) I don't take that guard. I was that nervous, I didn't know what I was doing. I just walked around, and till I got the first 10 runs, my mind was so muddled, I wasn't thinking clearly at all," Binny said.

"Then the innings slowly built and gave me some confidence. I had batted close to two hours and I was batting on 36, [when] I knew that I definitely belonged at that stage. It was 8-9 years of domestic cricket at that spot -- either saving matches or trying to put a game on. It's experience, I think, that got me through that day. I would have loved to have a Test hundred on debut but it didn't work out that day. I'll take a 78 any day of my life."

India finally declared at 391/9 after batting out 123 overs, thus calling an end to the match. They went on to record a historic win at Lord's in the next game. But then they lost the third match by 266 runs and suffered innings defeats in the last two and thus, their efforts in the first two Tests came completely undone.

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