Bengaluru, April 7: They both played for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and are now part of a different franchise this year. But there is no competition between the two when it comes to who plays, according to one of them.
Australian Watson was RCB's costliest investment at this year's Players Auction. He was bought for Rs 9.5 crore. Binny, the local boy, was picked for Rs 2 crore.
The 31-year-old Binny is excited to be back playing on his home ground - M Chinnaswamy Stadium. However, he denies there is any competition with Watson, who retired from international cricket last month, after the ICC World Twenty20. (List of players sold at auction)
"I don't think there is any competition since Watto (Shane Watson) falls in the foreign players category. I am not too worried about whether I will start in the Playing XI. My role right now is to get as much practice as I can. I want to go out and perform well for my team, whenever I get an opportunity," Binny told reporters after a practice session at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday evening (April 6).
Binny, son of 1983 World Cup winning all-rounder Roger Binny, praised former India captain and RR mentor Rahul Dravid for the help since his younger days. Dravid is Delhi Daredevils' mentor this season.
"I started my cricket at BUCC (Bangalore United Cricket Club). Rahul (Dravid) bhai comes from BUCC and he was the one who encouraged us to play first division cricket. He helped me through my career. I always wanted to play for Bangalore 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," the right-hander said.
Back in 2013 with RR, Binny had said Karnataka is his home team and not the Bangalore franchise in IPL.
"I haven't been home in two months so I am excited to be back and I am looking forward to a good game. I know RCB is like a home team, but RCB is not my home, Karnataka is my home. So (RCB) it is just a franchise and we will try to go out there and beat them," Binny had said before a game against RCB in Bangalore in 2013.
About his role in IPL 9, he said, "Most of the teams use all-rounders in different situation. When it comes to me, it is about how much I can bowl in a game and at what number I can bat. At this point of time I don't know whether I come in with the new ball or I come in after six overs. But I know I will be expected to contribute with both ball and bat and I am ready for the challenge."
RCB have started preparations for the new season in a bid to win their maiden IPL trophy. They open campaign at home, against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), on April 12 (Tuesday) at 8 PM IST.