'Wanted to prove a point'

'Wanted to prove a point'

Centurion Binny now looking to contribute with the ball as well

 Having brought up his maiden first-class ton only last season, a visibly excited right-hander said he couldn’t have asked for a better start to the new season. “I think the wicket played a lot better today,” he said in all his modesty. “It wasn’t bad at all even on the first day but I can see it has begun to play a bit up and down now. So, we have finished the day with a couple of wickets, it’s more than what we could have asked for,” he noted.

Despite two centuries and a couple of other significant knocks, the 27-year-old didn’t figure in any of the South Zone teams that left him a little disappointed. “I was disappointed not getting a place in any of South Zone teams, not even as a stand bye or as a replacement. But I took it as a challenge to prove a point. This year I set myself a target of at least 400 runs and I couldn’t have asked for a better start.” Binny dwelt on his new approach to batting. “I had a game plan which I worked out with Jeshwant before the start of the season,” he began. “Looking at my style of play, he advised me that I needed to spend at least 20 minutes in the middle before I could play my shots. I began doing this during the Safi Darashah Trophy this year, and even at the nets, unlike in the past, I try and not play too many strokes. It wasn’t an easy process to begin with but once I realised that it was helping my batting, it wasn’t that difficult to follow the advice,” he explained.

Wearing a leaner and fitter look, the all-rounder said he was looking forward to his bowling. “I think last year, probably, I missed out on the chance (for South Zone berth) because I didn’t bowl much. Given where I bat (number 7), it’s difficult for me to break in as a batsman alone. But then I wasn’t fit enough to bowl last season.

“ So I worked both on my fitness and bowling for about six months prior to the season. I have lost about 9 kgs during the period and hopefully my hard work will come to fruition,” he offered.