BENGALURU: If you want to discover the simple life Hear Michael Humphrey Binny all you have to do is take the mid-afternoon metro on the purple line to MG Road in Bengaluru. Up until last week, the 67-year-old was commonly seen among passengers getting off the Cubbon Park metro station.
From there it used to be a short walk to the M Chinnaswamy stadium, from where he fulfilled his duties as the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.
When asked about using public transport, BCCI’s newly appointed president commented: “It’s not a matter of luxury or status, it’s a matter of convenience for me.”
In short, it’s Binny – practical, welcoming and unpretentious. As a domestic warhorse who dedicated Karnataka and then Goa for almost 16 seasons in a career spanning 136 First Division and 113 A-List games, he is better known for his as the hero of the 1983 World Cup, ending as the player with the most ball (18 wickets). But there’s more to the all-around player than just his exploits on the pitch.
He’s a seasoned player, coach, mentor, selector and administrator who frequently flies under the radar. Decorated but not organized.
Born into an Anglo-Indian family of six brothers, Binny grew up in the cantonal area of Benson Town, also known as the championship town because it is home to many of the city’s top sports players. A champion athlete specializing in javelin, discus, high and long jump, Binny entered cricket in September 1973 and in January of the following year, he represented South Zone schools against other teams. North Zone School in the Cooch Behar Trophy.
He made it for himself Ranji Trophy made his debut for Karnataka against Kerala during the 1975-76 season and was the architect of many club and ball victories. His steady performances earned him a spot in India in 1979, when he made his debut against Pakistan at home. After 27 test matches and 72 international one-day matches, he entered international cricket after the 1987 World Cup.
Binny, the third person in ODI history to open batting and bowling after Frasat Ali (East Africa) and Majid Khan (Pakistan), went on to play domestic cricket for Karnataka and then became the Goa marshal in the 1989-90 season. A few years later, he returned to his home as the manager of the senior team.
Outlining his leadership qualities, former Indian speed merchant Javagal Srinath, who made his debut in the 1989-90 season under Binny, said, “Anil (Kumble) and I have been fortunate enough to play under Roger. He’s a very non-interventional captain who will just lay his hands on him. shoulder and say, ‘Do your best.’ As a captain, his expectations of us were reasonable and that helped us build our careers.His best quality as a leader is that he is ambitious. reasonable expectations and doesn’t put pressure on the players.He made it easy for all of us to shape our careers and that’s one of the main reasons why so many of us have excelled under the captain’s armband. he. ”
Binny’s moment of glory as a coach came in 2000, when India won the U19 World Cup for the first time. The tournament saw the appearance of players like Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif and Reetinder Sodhi.
Binny also served as a national pick for three years and is known to have reused himself when the name of his son Stuart came up for discussion.
The first Anglo-Indian player to win the India limit, Binny briefly tried his hand at politics as he was a nominated Anglo-Indian member of the Karnataka Legislative Council.
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Binny joined management in 1997, when he was elected vice president of the KSCA, and then again in 2010. He resigned from the position in 2012 when he was elected as a national selector. family. He came back in 2019, winning the presidential election by a favorable margin. He came to power at the height of the Karnataka Premier League match-fixing scandal and handled the situation masterfully, allowing the law to handle it.
Srinath, who served as secretary of the KSCA with Binny as vice president, pointed out, “He practiced as an administrator. He was instrumental in shaping the KSCA Academy. He spent his time as an administrator. a lot of time for young talent.The characteristic of a manager, it is important that he has a love for cricket in his heart.He thinks clearly and his decisions are measured. and think it through.”
In addition, Binny is a wildlife enthusiast and loves animals. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Binny enjoys spending time in nature at her ranch in Bandipur with her dogs Tinkerbell, Elf, Marbles and Angel.