South Africa's Farhaan Behardien retires from cricket, says he's ready for next challenge

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Tue, 27/12/2022
South Africa's Farhaan Behardien retires from cricket, says is ready for next challenge
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Farhaan Behardien, a former South African batter, has declared his retirement from all forms of cricket, capping an 18-year professional career.

The South African batsman, 39, has played in 59 ODIs and 38 T20 Internationals.

Behardien last competed on the international stage in a T20I match against Australia in November 2018, although he continued to play for Boland in the South African domestic league until earlier this month.

"Sincerably, it wasn't simple. Because the wonderful thing is rarely available, I haven't "worked" for 18 years. because I enjoyed the graft and it was my passion. Putting my feet up as I wait for the next challenge "Behardien stated on Tuesday in a post on social media.

The 39-year-old was very happy with his professional accomplishments.

"A little of the dust has settled. The past two weeks have been quite emotional. 18 years have passed since then. 560 professional games in all forms, 97 international appearances, 17 trophies, and the blessing of having participated in 4 World Cups, "In the poignant post, Behardien summed up his cricketing career.

He also expressed gratitude to his friends, family, and coaches for their help.

"My family and friends are to be commended for their persistent support. Thank you to all of my teammates, coaches, and support staff during my career. Boy, I've played sports with some of the greatest players ever!"

Behardien did not go into further detail regarding the upcoming challenge, despite mentioning it in his retirement message posted on Twitter. Additionally, he did not make it obvious whether he would keep participating in particular domestic tournament forms or not.

Behardien made his List-A and first-class debuts in October 2004, but it wasn't until 2012 when he was crowned South Africa's T20 player of the year that he gained widespread attention.

He featured in the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka later that year after making his debut in a T20 match against India in Johannesburg in March 2012. He played in his first ODI at home against New Zealand in January 2013 and thereafter played for South Africa at two T20 and two ODI World Cups.

He had previously played for Kings XI Punjab, currently known as Punjab Kings, in 2016. In January 2017, he was selected South Africa's T20I captain for a three-match series against Sri Lanka.

Despite the early success, Behardien struggled to maintain his international career and was removed from the T20 setup in 2018. The 39-year-old scored 518 runs at a strike rate of 128.21 and an average of 32.37 in 30 innings in 38 T20Is. In addition to having the maximum score of 64 not out, he has scored fifty.

Behardien scores 1074 runs in 49 innings at an average of 30.68 in 59 ODIs. He had the highest score of 70 and eight half-centuries. In 125 first-class games, he has scored 7318 runs, including 12 centuries and 46 half-centuries.