'Every step forward is a challenge'

'Every step forward is a challenge'

Simple Mantra

'Every step forward is a challenge'

Stuart Binny is a Bangalorean to the core. He grew up in the Cantonment area and gets a little sentimental at the mention of the City, for he has very fond memories of the place.  The right-hand batsman and medium-pacer from Karnataka led his state team in a few matches of the Ranji Trophy.

He feels that it was natural for him to stray into cricket since his father, Roger Binny, was a star cricketer in his heyday. Stuart grew up watching India’s 1983 World Cup hero (his father) play — what better way to get introduced to the sport? “I never missed a single match that my father played and till date, I take tips from him,” says Stuart, who was recently in the City for the promotional activities for his IPL team, the Rajasthan Royals. 

Stuart feels that the IPL has given young players exposure to international cricket. Besides this, he says, “The format is designed in such a way that it gives you the chance to put together the best and most workable strategies in a short time. It sharpens your thinking and prods you to think beyond the ordinary.” He dubs the whole IPL experience as a challenge and observes, “It’s also a good learning experience.”

Stuart doesn’t have any elaborate preparation strategies just before stepping on to the field. “It is imperative to stay calm and go ahead and play with an open mind. I usually play by instinct and this helps a great deal,” he adds.

Stuart has always admired the way Australian cricketer Shane Watson plays. He and his peers spend their time talking about the sport, but that isn’t all. “We also have light moments. Our hectic schedules force us to divert our energies towards rejuvenating, only to get ready for the next game. Every step forward is a challenge,” he notes.

Stuart sticks to a simple diet. “I try not to overindulge in foods that I like. I adhere to a diet that is rich in proteins and carbs. A moderate amount of all kinds of food is ideal. Cricketers can’t afford to get heavy and sluggish,” he signs off.

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