Roger Binny

Roger Michael Humphrey Binny (born 19 July 1955) is an Indian former cricketer who was part of the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning squad.

Roger Binny
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Personal information
Full nameRoger Michael Humphrey Binny
Born (1955-07-19) 19 July 1955 (age 65)
Bangalore, Mysore State, India
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight-arm fast medium
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 27 72
Runs scored 830 629
Batting average 23.06 16.13
100s/50s 0/5 0/1
Top score 83 57
Balls bowled 2870 2957
Wickets 47 77
Bowling average 32.64 29.35
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 8/101 4/29
Catches/stumpings 11 12
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Family and backgroundEdit

Binny was the first Anglo-Indian to play cricket for India.[1] His son, Stuart Binny, is following in his footsteps, having played state cricket for Karnataka cricket team, and international cricket for the India national cricket team.


Roger Binny, as he is known, was a 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).

Binny started his international career on his home ground, the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in the first Test of the 1979 home series against Pakistan. Against bowlers of the caliber of Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz, he performed creditably in his debut match scoring 46 runs. He was a useful swing bowler and one of the better fielders in the Indian team of that time.[2]

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.

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. On 27 September 2012, Binny was appointed as one of the five members of the selection panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.[3]

International awardsEdit

One Day International CricketEdit

Man of the Match awardsEdit

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia County Ground, Chelmsford 20 June 1983 21 (32 balls: 2x4); 8–2–29–4, 1 ct.   India won by 118 runs.[4]

In popular cultureEdit

Bollywood Director Kabir Khan is making a sports drama film named 83 about India's first world cup win in 1983 at Lords, in which, Nishant Dahiya will be playing the role of Roger Binny.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ [1] Archived 15 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Sundaresan, p. 36.
  3. ^ "Sandeep Patil named chief selector, Amarnath dropped". NDTV. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ "1983 Prudential World Cup – 23rd Match – Australia v India – Chelmsford".
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  • Sundaresan, P.N. "India's Internationals Keen to be Tested", ABC Cricket Book: New Zealand, India in Australia 1980-81, ed. McGilvray, A., Australian Broadcasting Commission: Sydney. ISBN 0 642 97549 3.