South Africa all-rounder, Farhaan Behardien has announced his retirement from the world of cricket after eighteen years of journey. Behardien showed his talent professionally in 560 matches in total across all formats. He suited up in the national jersey 97 times including being a part of the squad in four World Cups. The all-rounder was a part of the 2015 national squad in the World Cup that made it into the semi-finals.
Behardien highlighted in his ODIs and T20s career where he gathered 1074 runs in 59 ODIs and 518 runs in 38T20s. He also has 14 ODI and 3 T20 wickets under his name. However, his Test career wasn’t shining enough.
Behardien put end to his 18-year-long career
The South African all-rounder shared an emotional post on his official Twitter handle thanking all who supported and were there for him in his journey. He wrote, “The dust has settled a bit. Been pretty emotional the last couple of weeks. 18 years have come and gone. 560 pro games across all formats, including 97 caps for my country, 17 trophies in the cabinet and blessed to have played in 4 World Cups, Thanks to my family and friends who gave unwavering support.”
“Thanks to all the coaches and support staff I’ve come across in my career, and all of my teammates, boy I’ve played with some of my heroes and some of the greats! Thanks specifically to the Titans (sky blues) for taking a punt on a young kid all those years ago & giving me a platform to showcase my skill. Thanks to the fans who supported me throughout the years and to those who gave me grief, whichever side of the fence you sat on, it fueled my desire nonetheless. I lived my dreams.”
To conclude, he added, “To be honest it wasn’t easy. The good stuff rarely is, but as a result, I haven’t “worked” a day in 18 years, cause it was my passion and I loved the graft. Feet up for a bit and on to the next challenge. Much love.”