Stuart Binny comes from a rich cricketing pedigree, being the son of former Indian Test Match player Roger Binny. His breakthrough Rajasthan Royals IPL season was in 2013. Primarily a hard-hitting batsman, in that tournament he proved he had the temperament, technique and survival skills to thrive as an all-rounder in T20. His form in that Royals campaign led to a well-deserved call-up into the national side.
Stuart soon established himself in the Rajasthan pecking order in 2013, knocking up 40 runs in the first match of the tournament against Delhi Daredevils. That innings proved crucial in securing victory, because there had been a late order collapse from 142 for 2 to 164 for 7. As the competition progressed, Binny rapidly gained a reputation as an expert finisher, propelling his team to victory against Pune by smashing 32 runs from just 13 balls. In 11 innings, Binny finished not out five times – a sure sign of a calm batsman under pressure.
One of the reasons the Rajasthan selectors picked Binny was he had been the man with a golden arm in the Indian domestic circuit in 2013 – and he proved he could do so in Royals colours too, securing valuable wickets against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. Binny also performed well in the 2014 and 2015 IPLs, scoring valuable runs against his favourite opponents Sunrisers Hyderabad, securing early wickets against RCB and taking one particularly memorable catch to remove Australian Mitchell Starc. Effective multiskilled all-rounders are like gold dust in T20 – and Stuart Binny truly has the versatility to excel in all aspects of the game.