Bangalore: Stuart Binny has been a quiet, unheralded performer for Rajasthan Royals, much like his team itself, but he will be under the spotlight on Saturday (April 20) when Rajasthan take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the venue of many a Binny special in different formats of the game.
"It's always exciting to play in Bangalore," Binny, the Karnataka allrounder, said on Friday. "I haven't played an IPL game here yet as the game last year was washed out. I haven't been home in two months so I'm excited to be back and I'm looking forward to a good game. I know RCB is like a home team, but RCB is not my home, Karnataka is my home. RCB is just a franchise, we will try to go out there and beat them."
Binny's skipper at Rajasthan, Rahul Dravid, too will be playing in front of his home fans. Binny said he had benefited hugely by having Dravid, his one-time state skipper, as his franchise captain. "He knows my game a lot better and he knows the cricket that I've played. When I was growing up, I went to BUCC and he was around there at the time so he knows the set-up and mental process of my game," said Binny. "It helps me knowing he's there for me. Out of 10 T20 games, you can have seven-eight bad ones and two good games so it's good to have a guy like Rahul bhai to help us mentally.