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|Full name||Roger Michael Humphrey Binny|
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut||21 November 1979 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||13 March 1987 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut||6 December 1980 v Australia|
|Last ODI||9 October 1987 v Australia|
|Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006|
Roger Michael Humphrey Binny (born 19 July 1955, Bangalore, Karnataka) is an Indian former cricket all-rounder who is best known for his impressive bowling performance in the 1983 Cricket World Cup where he was the highest wicket-taker (18 wickets), and in the 1985 World Series Cricket Championship in Australia where he repeated this feat (17 wickets). He played 27 tests and 72 ODIs for India.
Binny started his international career on his home ground, the KSCA Stadium in Bangalore in the first Test of the 1979 home series against Pakistan. Against bowlers of the calibre of Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz, he performed creditably in his debut match scoring 46 runs. Viewers still remember the six he scored off an Imran Khan bouncer in the 5th Test of that series. He was a useful swing bowler and one of the better fielders in the Indian team of that time.
His Test career was not stellar, but he and fellow Pace bowler Karsan Ghavri were helpful in getting the shine off the new ball before India's famous spin bowlers (Bishen Singh Bedi, Chandrashekhar, Prasanna and Ventatraghavan) could take over. Binny and Ghavri (along with wicket keeper Syed Kirmani) were also credited with saving many test matches for India. When the top batting order collapsed, Binny could be counted to hold the batting down so as to avoid innings defeats or drag the match to a draw.
Binny however came into his own in the World Cup. The wickets suited his medium-pace, and in tandem with Madan Lal, and led by the inspirational Kapil Dev, he helped India win their first World Cup title.
He was the first Anglo-Indian to play cricket for India . His son Stuart is following in his footsteps and played state cricket for Karnataka. Roger Binny is currently serving as an Office Bearer at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). He appeared as the in-house cricket expert for national news channel — NewsX, during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
As national selector
He had his schooling first at St Germain's in Bangalore and then at St Joseph's Indian High School where he broke the boys Indian national record for Javelin. He played football and hockey at school level. He grew up in Benson Town in Bangalore.
Happily married to his boyhood sweetheart Cynthia, who was his best friend’s sister, Binny has three children: Laura, Lisa and Stuart. Stuart also plays cricket for the Karnataka Ranji Trophy Team and Rajasthan Royals. Stuart made his ODI debut against New Zealand and Test Debut against England. He also broke Anil Kumble's record of best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs.
- "Sandeep Patil named chief selector, Amarnath dropped". NDTV. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
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