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Need to start well against South Africa - Stuart Binny

Need to start well against South Africa - Stuart Binny
Stuart Binny stressed on the importance to begin well when India takes on South Africa in October.
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Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny stressed on the importance to begin well when his team takes on South Africa in October.

South Africa will be taking on India in three Twenty20 Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and four Tests in a tour which lasts 72 days.

Binny, who had a good outing in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka, believes India will be facing a stiff challenge when they face the Proteas.

"We will be playing against a quality side, who are good in all formats of the game.

“It is going to be a great series. It is important that we start well in the series.

“It will be a hard-fought series," Binny said.

Earlier Indian captain Virat Kohli urged the national selectors to remain patient with the players giving them sufficient time to show their mettle in international cricket.

Having featured for India in just 20 games across all the formats, Binny echoed his skipper's words of giving more opportunities to the players.

"As Virat (Kohli) said, if I get more opportunities, I would get better - that's very much true.

“It is not only more opportunities one gets, but also off-field preparations, that helps.”

Known to be more of a batting all-rounder, Binny has picked 24 wickets for India with the ball, most of them coming with the new ball.

However the 31-year-old insisted that he doesn't mind bowling with the semi-new and the old ball.

"Why I prefer to bowl with new ball is that I can swing it.

“I do enjoy bowling with semi-new and old ball - it brings in different variations," he added.

Binny has been instrumental in domestic cricket having scored over 5,000 runs with the bat while also managing to pick 209 wickets.

However he has been in and out of the international team failing to cement his place despite India's desperate search for an all-rounder.

Binny stated that the pressure to perform in international cricket is enormous as compared to that of domestic games.

"International cricket is a lot of mental pressure. It is about dealing with situations which you have faced in Ranji Trophy, but it is on a much larger and bigger scale, so you have to go out and do the same in international cricket as well," he said.

Having made his debut for India in January 2014, Binny has not faced South Africa in an international game previously.

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