Bangalore, Feb 11: All-rounder Stuart Binny on Tuesday said he is "more matured" as a cricketer now and wants to do well for India at the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The 29-year-old Binny, who made his ODI debut against New Zealand last month, retained his place for Asia Cup starting February 25. He was also rewarded with a call-up to the World T20 squad.
Reacting to the news of his selection today, Binny said: "I wouldn't say it was disappointing to make my debut in New Zealand but to make my ODI debut was very special. Yes I would have loved to have got an opportunity to bat in that game but the situation demanded a partnership at the time. It's not disappointing but also bowling that one over was what was needed at that time I guess from a captain's point of view."
"I won't say this opportunity has come petty late in my career but I think at this age I am more matured as a cricketer right now. I am really looking forward to go and perform for my country," he said.
Binny did not get to bat in his ODI debut match in Hamilton and was called upon by MS Dhoni to bowl just one over.
He hit a quick ton (122 off 122) for Karnataka on Monday in the ongoing Irani Cup against Rest of India at his home ground - M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
"I don't think it (India selection) played too much of a role yesterday. I just wanted to capitalise on the start that I had got yesterday. My only intention was to put as many runs on the board," he said.
Binny, who was part of the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), has made good progress to return to the main fold - into Indian Premier Leaue (IPL) and now India. He said ICL "transformed" him as a player.
"ICL was something that transformed me I could say. It gave me confidence to play on a platform with other international players. It has been a good journey, a good experience for me. I learnt a lot after coming back from ICL and worked hard on my fitness to do well," he recalled.
Asked about the advice from his dad Roger. Binny Junior said: "The simple advice from my dad is to go out there and enjoy my cricket and grab the opportunity."
Roger, who was part of India's 1983 World Cup winning team, is a selector now.