Roger Binny is a former Indian cricketer and the first Anglo-Indian to play for India when the spin quartet Prasanna, Venkataraghavan, Chandrasekhar, and Bishen Singh Bedi were dominating the world cricket. He was also a finisher coming down the order to rescue his side under critical situations in both Tests and ODIs.He is one of the most underrated cricketers to play for India but his stats doesn’t show too much. However, his ability to swing the ball both ways and digging down the order saving his team from pressure situations itself shows his all-around capability. He is also regarded as one of the finest fielders of Indian cricket.He represented his school in football and hockey and held the national record in the Javelin throw.He made his first-class debut at the age of 20 against Kerala at Raichur. Though he didn’t contribute much in that match but in the next season, he was excellent with both bat and ball, when he opened the batting against Maharashtra, slamming 71 runs and dismissing 4 top-order batsmen. His fine form continued in the next season in which he scored 563 runs including 174 runs vs Andhra at home. Unfortunately, his bowling performance was yet to click. Roger Binny as a bowler.His highest score of 211 not out in first-class cricket came early in his career against Kerala when he alongside wicket-keeper Sanjay Desai had put on 451 runs for an opening stand as Karnataka declared without losing a wicket. It was a record that time until Ravi Sehgal and Raman Lamba broke it in 1994-95.In 1979, he made a decent Test debut in which he scored 46 runs, taking India’s score to 411 runs against Pakistan. However, his bowling performance wasn’t impressive in that match. He bowled ten expensive overs in Pakistan’s 431 for 9.The next match against the same side at Kotla in Delhi saw a decent improvement in his performance, scalping 2 for 32 and 2 for 56. He took important wickets of Imran Khan and Zaheer Abbas in that match.His ODI debut was also good against Australia in Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1980. While defending a total of 208, Aussies were all out for 142 runs; Binny finished with 2 for 23. In the next match, he opened the batting for India and also took 4 wickets for 41 runs.He had a significant contribution in the 1983 World Cup, scalping 18 wickets with an impressive strike rate of 29.3. His spell of 4 for 29 against Australia played a crucial role in taking India to the Semis. In an interview, he recalled the final match memories of the 1983 World Cup. He said, After we were bowled out for 183, we knew we had messed it up. The mood was poor in the dressing room and we had a long lunch break and that meant we had more time to brood. But just before we left, Kapil made a speech. He said, ‘The match is not over yet and if we can be bowled out for 183 we should try and bowl them out for less.’ That fired us up.” World Cup 1983 squad; Roger Binny is standing third from right.He took an important wicket of West Indian skipper Clive Lloyd and scored 21 runs in World Cup 1983 finals and paved the way towards history. In his interview, he revealed that “Lloyd had suffered an injury in the previous over, and Kapil came to me and said, ‘He is stuck in the crease and cannot move, just bowl a little away and force him to drive.’ I did precisely that and Lloyd was gone.” Roger Binny dismissing Clive Lloyd.