On July 19th 1955, famous Indian cricketer Roger Binny was born in Bangalore, Karnataka.
Roger Binny was a popular cricket all-rounder who is especially remembered for his outstanding bowling performance in the 1983 cricket World Cup, which India won against the West Indies. Binny was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium bowler. Binny was the highest wicket taker in the 1983 World Cup, taking 18 wickets in all. He repeated this exemplary performance in the 1985 World Series Cricket Championship in Australia by taking 17 wickets.
Roger Binny began his international test career in his home town Bangalore at the KSCA Stadium. Binny made his test debut in November 1979 against Pakistan and his One Day International debut in 1980 against Australia. In his test debut in 1979 against Pakistan, he confidently faced bowlers like Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz. Binny performed extremely well and scored 46 runs. Binny continued to contribute to the Indian team as a commendable swing bowler and was an excellent fielder as well.
Binny’s test career saw a few highs and lows, but he made a dramatic return in the 1983 World Cup. His coordination with Madan Lal helped India win its first cricket World Cup. Roger Binny was an asset to cricket, both in test matches, as well as one day internationals (ODIs).
Binny was known to salvage the Indian team in difficult moments. This included events such as scoring 83 not out and sharing a 155-run partnership with Madan Lal against Pakistan in 1983. As a bowler, Binny worked magic and bowled Indian to victory by taking 7 wickets in the match at Headingly in 1986. The 1983 cricket World Cup was by far Binny’s most victorious moment. He was one of the star performers of the team, taking 18 wickets in that match sealing India’s victory.
Binny played his last test match in March 1987 against Pakistan and his last ODI in October 1987 against Australia.
Roger Binny was the first Anglo-Indian to play cricket for India and currently serves as an office bearer at the Karnataka State Cricket Association. Roger Binny has a son, Stuart Binny, who is also a cricketer who represents Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy.
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