A day before the Delhi-Karnataka Ranji Trophy game started on Monday, Stuart Binny was keen to know what time the sun sets on Ferozeshah Kotla.
Although the sun has hardly shone on the first two days of this match, the son of former India all-rounder Roger Binny sparkled as he played an explosive knock on a day he earned a call to the Indian team for the tour of New Zealand.
Stuart, 29, performed consistently in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and has extended that form into this season to impress the selection committee that includes his father, who would have presumably disassociated himself from the discussion on his son on Tuesday.
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At the Kotla, Stuart presented a mature face after scoring an aggressive 94-ball 88.
"My priority is to play good cricket. I’m not looking at what can happen and what’ll happen in New Zealand. The first thing is to go out there and enjoy the brand of cricket that I’m playing right now,” he said.
Stuart, who was part of the India’s under-19 World Cupwinning team in 2000, repeated the word 'consistency’ several times.
"I realised in the last two-three seasons that things would change if consistency came into my game; my 40s, 50s, 70s weren’t going to do the thing for me. I put my head down when Karnataka needed me the most. I looked to bowl a lot more. My bowling is crucial for me. I try to be positive and enjoy the game,” he pointed out.
"The confidence came in that season (2011-12) when I got 750 runs and 25 wickets. That was crucial for me. The belief came when I knew I could go out and do it while batting at No. 6 or No. 7,” he said.
He tallied 798 runs and bagged 25 wickets in the 2011-12 in firstclass matches and 622 runs and 27 wickets in 2012-13. This year too he has been fairly consistent.
Stuart, who strayed into rebel ICL in 2007 before the BCCI gave amnesty to him and many other players, lauded his father’s role as a coach.
"My dad’s been everything for me. First and foremost, I think it was in my blood to play cricket. He’s been my first coach and my only coach in my whole career. He has played a huge role in (shaping) my career, and he told me to enjoy my cricket and not to think too much about what can happen and what will happen,” he said.