Want to showcase my all-round skills in Zimbabwe: Binny

Mumbai, July 6 (IANS) India all-rounder Stuart Binny on Monday said he is confident of delivering with both bat and ball in the upcoming cricket series against Zimbabwe.

India leave for Zimbabwe on Tuesday morning to play three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20 Internationals, starting on July 10.

“At the moment I am very happy to be part of the tour. I know my roles as it is very clear to me. I know I have to deliver with both bat and ball. I am looking more to swing the ball and in ODIs that is the main factor as a bowler,” Binny said here.

Speaking on the new ODI rules that has been implemented, he said, “When it comes to bowling it will be a good thing for the bowlers to have five fielders outside the circle. When you have five fielders outside the circle it becomes difficult as we have to bowl very tight lines.

“When it comes to batting, there are only four fielders in the circle. So we have to look for the gaps to find the boundary. A little bit of freedom has been taken away from the batsmen,” the Karnataka cricketer said.

The all-rounder has been in and out of the side for a long time. Despite being in the 15-member World Cup squad, he couldn’t get a game.

“It’s not easy to be on tour and not get games. Practice makes it perfect. You got to train hard, regardless you are playing or not playing. I don’t worry too much whether I am going to get an opportunity or not. My job is to play for the country for as long as I can,” Binny said.

Binny said right from the start of his career he idolised South African great Jacques Kallis, who is widely considered as one of the best all-rounder of the game.

“I idolise Jacques Kallis. When I was growing up I looked at him a lot. He was someone whom I watched a lot as I grew up. He bats at the top order and I bat at the lower down the order. Our roles are different but someone who did it for a good 10-12 years and be successful in international cricket is someone I look up to,” he said.

The 31-year-old looked confident ahead of the tour, saying he would get to bowl 10 overs and bat at number six or seven.

“Hopefully If I get a chance, I will give it my best. We currently don’t know the combination, what the wickets will be in Zimbabwe. I have never been in there. I have heard the wickets are similar to South Africa.

“If that is the case then my role as an all-rounder will come into play. I am looking forward to bowl full ten overs and bat at number six and seven,” Binny concluded.

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