Binny: I’m going to play bold cricket

Stuart Binny has expressed his resolve to play a 'bold' brand of cricket if he gets a chance in the playing XI for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and is eager to share the dressing room with Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, in an interaction with the media in Bengaluru.

Stuart Binny: "Right now I don’t know where I'll be batting or bowling, but I do know that I’ll be doing both in most of the games."   -  K. Murali Kumar

After playing six seasons of Indian Premier League cricket elsewhere, Stuart Binny is finally set to don the colours of his home-town franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. The ecstatic 31-year-old all-rounder interacted with the media here on Wednesday.

Excerpts:

On playing in the RCB colours: I’m excited. I always wanted to play for RCB ever since IPL started. But I hadn’t had the opportunity. So when it happened in the auction, I was jumping out of my chair. I was really happy to be back at my home ground. This was where everything started for me.

On Rahul Dravid’s influence: I started my cricket at BUCC [Bangalore United Cricket Club]. Rahul bhai comes from BUCC and he was the one who encouraged us to play first division cricket. He helped me through my career. He played a big part in Rajasthan Royals giving me the exposure in that team.

Role in the team: Most teams use allrounders in different situations. It’s how much I can bowl in a game and at what number I can bat. Right now I don’t know where I'll be batting or bowling, but I do know that I’ll be doing both in most of the games. What position and who plays ahead of me has never concerned me in my career. If I get a chance, I’m going to play bold cricket.

Playing with stars: I’ve played with Watto (Shane Watson) for five seasons. I’m looking forward to sharing a dressing room with Gayle and AB [de Villiers]. We don’t have too much time before our first game. So whatever we pick up from each other in the next two three days will be important.

Target: Everything is in our hands. We can’t sit here at the start of the tournament and say we’re going to reach the play-offs or finish top of the table. We’ve been practicing for five days now. It’s important to start well, with wins in your first two-three games. On paper we look a very strong team but what matters is how you do on the given day.