Stuart Binny feels Rajasthan Royals and reclaim their IPL title this season

The Indian all-rounder is back to where it all started for him in the IPL.

Stuart Binny
India’s Stuart Binny. (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
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The return of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League has added to the excitement surrounding the eleventh edition of the tournament. While CSK is one of the strongest teams in the competition with two titles and MS Dhoni at their helm, the Royals won the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2008, and have Australian skipper Steve Smith at their helm. The Rajasthan outfit also boasts of a mentor in Shane Warne, whose experience and expertise will add much value to the team.

A star-studded team

Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Stuart Binny feels that the team has what it takes to win their second title this time around. With star players like Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane in the team, Rajasthan certainly looks a formidable side. Among these, Stokes can be the most valuable player for the outfit.

“Yes, I believe we have a very good chance of regaining the IPL trophy this year. The current mix of players which includes Rajasthan Royals’ veterans — Rahane and Samson along with international superstars like (Ben) Stokes, (Jos) Buttler and (Jaydev) Unadkat certainly promises to be a match-winning combination,” Binny was quoted as saying by Star Sports on Saturday.

Binny’s personal records are below average

Binny himself has not been able to carve a niche for himself in the tournament, with only 21 wickets and 766 runs from 80 IPL games. From 2010 to present, he has been with the Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.  He was bought by RR for Rs. 50 lakhs in the 2018 auctions. Binny’s international career too could never bloom, with only 6 Tests, 14 ODIs and 3 T20Is on his resume.

The IPL 11 begins on April 7 at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium and the defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on the returning Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener. As for Rajasthan, their first assignment of the tournament is against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad, April 9 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.