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Sri Lanka vs India: Stuart Binny to join India squad before 2nd Test

Binny has played 3 Test matches in his career so far, with a batting average of 23.6. He has not picked up any wickets in the Test format yet.

Stuart Binny miscues a shot during India’s 2nd Test of the tour of England in 2014

India have called up Stuart Binny to the squad before the 2nd Test on the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. The fact that nobody has been injured suggests that Binny’s inclusion as the 16th member of the squad is a tactical decision – a modification required by the failure of captain Virat Kohli’s 5-bowler strategy in the 1st Test.

India played 5 specialist bowlers in the 1st Test – with Harbhajan Singh and Varun Aaron not being as effective as their captain would have liked. Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were already part of the 15-man squad, and so Binny’s call-up suggests that the team is looking for someone who can add value to the team with the bat as well.

Binny has played 3 Test matches in his career so far, with a batting average of 23.6. He has not picked up any wickets in the Test format yet. He was one of the better Indian performers on the recent tour of Zimbabwe though.

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