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Roger Binny

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Home country:
July 19, 1955, Bangalore, Karnataka


Roger Binny was a flamboyant all-rounder who plied his trade for India in both limited overs cricket and the longer format. Athletic, energetic, enthusiastic and aggressive; the Karnataka man was a vital cog in the wheel for the team back then. He has had numerous memorable moments all through his career with the one to stand out being that of the highest wicket taker in the 1983 World Cup.

From start to finish, Binny kept taking vital wickets and ended up with a total of 18 in the World Cup of 1983 which was a record then. In the same year, he produced more memorable performances like his 83 in a record 155 run, seventh wicket partnership with Madan Lal against Pakistan to bail India out of trouble. At Ahmedabad, the same year he went on to dismiss Greenidge, Haynes and Richards to cause a stir in the formidable West Indian batting line-up. Binny was a floater and could be accommodated anywhere in the line-up. His commitment and ability on the field as well made him a popular player with the fans. His versatility was well employed by the team.

His swing bowling ability was well suited for conditions in countries like England and he backed this fact up by taking 7 wickets in a match at Headingley. His best Test bowling figures though of 6 for 56 came against arch rivals Pakistan at Calcutta in 1987. Binny played his last match for India in October 1987 against Australia which India lost by just 1 run. Following this, Binny took to coaching and in 2000, coached the Indian U19 team and won the World Cup with them in Sri Lanka in January 2000.

Fast Facts

  • Roger Binny was the first Anglo-Indian to play for India.
  • He had an impressive spell of 4 wickets for just 9 runs in 30 balls en route to his career best Test bowling figures of 6 wickets for 56 runs.
  • Binny has a top score of 211 not out in first class cricket for the state of Karnataka.
  • He accomplished a record first wicket partnership of 451 runs with Sanjay Desai in a Ranji trophy match against Kerala in the 1977/78 season.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 27 41 830 5 23.05 - 0 5 83*
ODI 72 49 629 10 16.12 60.13 0 1 57
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 27 38 2870 1534 47 6/56 / 32.63 3.20 0 2 0 0
ODI 72 67 2957 2260 77 4/29 / 29.35 4.58 3 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 11 0 0
ODI 12 0 0


India Vs Pakistan at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Nov 21, 1979
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Mar 13, 1987
India Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Dec 06, 1980
Last played:
India Vs Australia at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Oct 09, 1987