MI batted us out of the game: Binny

RR all-rounder says the Tendulkar-Smith pair was formidable during their run-chase

Jaipur 21 May 2012
The Rajasthan Royals, who started IPL 2012 as a dark horse, were later in contention of a playoff spot. However, they’ve only managed to finish at No.7 on the points table, after losing their last two games of the season. In their last game of IPL 2012, the Royals were dominated by the might of Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith who chased down 163 with their unbroken opening stand.

Promoted up the Royals’ order in the last few games, all-rounder Stuart Binny today chipped in with a useful 30 runs after they opted to bat first. The Karnataka player discussed the positives from the season for him and his team, after the disappointing loss.

Excerpts from Binny’s brief interview:

On the disappointing loss

Yes, we are very disappointed. Once we didn’t qualify, I think our spirits went down a bit. But we just needed to go out and play good cricket today, show some positive [intent], especially someone like me who hasn’t really got a big run in the IPL; it was very important.

On the team’s highs and lows this season

Definitely, there are positives. The way we played in the first half, when we were on the top of the table, showed that our team has a lot of spirit and the players really back each other here. So I think lot of positives to take from the season.

On whether they were a few runs short while setting the target

The wicket initially did seam a bit, so it got a little difficult [to bat on]. I think we batted well from where we were [after losing early wickets] to get to what we did. But they just batted us out of the game. They never gave us chance to pick even one wicket. When batsmen are batting so well, it’s really hard to come back into the game.

On whether the dropped catches made the difference

Yes, definitely. If you take catches and get a new batsman in, it does create some pressure on the batting side. But sometimes you do drop a few.

On Dwayne Smith being dropped early on

It was a crucial catch. If we would have got him out early, he wouldn’t have got those 80-odd runs. But then, it happens [...].

On how the season panned out for him

I would say it was a decent season. I finished off well. I never really got chance to bat, but in the last three games I was promoted to No. 4. I was happy with the way I batted at No.4, which shows that I can take on the bowling in the IPL. I am pleased with what I have done batting at No.4.

On playing under Rahul Dravid

I grew up as a kid in Bangalore and I also play in the same club as Rahul. He is also my Ranji Trophy captain, so I have learnt a lot from him. Learnt a lot from his character, the way he handles himself under pressure and when you play a certain shot and such things. It has definitely helped me a lot in my career. I am looking to play for a couple of more years with him.
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