South Africa’s Farhaan Behardien Announces Retirement From Professional Cricket

Farhaan Behardien Retirement
Farhaan Behardien

Farhaan Behardien Retirement: South Africa all-rounder Farhaan Behardien announced his retirement from professional cricket on December 27, 2022.

Farhaan Behardien Announces Retirement

In his retirement post, the all-rounder said the decision to quit professional cricket after playing for more than 18 years was tough, and the last couple of weeks were especially tough for him.

Farhaan Behardien made his T20I debut for South Africa against India in March 2012 and made his ODI debut on January 2013. Farhaan Behardien have never played any Tests for South Africa.

The all-rounder was a part of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2012, 2014 and 2016 as well as the Cricket World Cup in 2015. Behardien also had the opportunity to captain his country when Sri Lanka travelled to South Africa for a three-match T20I series in January 2017.

Announcing his retirement, he said: “The dust has settled a bit. Been pretty emotional the last couple of weeks. 18 years has 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, all my teammates, boy I’ve played with some of my heroes and some of the greats!

“Thanks specifically to the Titans (skyblues) 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, it fueled my desire nonetheless. I lived my dreams.

“To be honest it wasn’t easy. The good stuff rarely are, but as a result haven’t “worked” a day in 18 years, cause it was my passion and I loved the graft. Feet up for a bit and onto the next challenge. Much love.”

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During his career, Behardien played 59 ODIs and 38 T20Is and scored 1074 runs and 518 runs respectively. He also has 14 ODI wickets and 3 T20I wickets under his belt.