|D. O. B.||9 October, 1983|
Behardien, who played 59 ODIs and 38 T20 Internationals for the Proteas, has been the undisputed batting banker for the Titans for several seasons, churning out runs in all formats, under all conditions and in every situation. There is no better man for a crisis in white-ball cricket and he posted some incredible numbers in last season’s T20 campaign, averaging 76 at a strike-rate of 160.
He also averaged 46.85 in the Titans’ triumphant Momentum One-Day Cup campaign, including one of the greatest innings of his distinguished career when he came in at 31 for five against the Cape Cobras at Newlands and scored 111 not out off 100 balls as he and Aiden Markram shared a match-winning world record partnership of 272 for the sixth wicket.
In the 2017/18 season, Behardien averaged 80 in the victorious Sunfoil Series campaign, including a crucial century against the Cape Cobras in his 100th first-class game, while in the T20 title run, ‘Fudgie’ was only dismissed once as he scored 234 runs at a strike-rate of 165, figures that were only matched by AB de Villiers. He also enjoyed a brilliant Momentum One-Day Cup campaign (437 runs @ 48.55, SR 92.58, 5×50).
In the 2016/17 season he was the T20 player of the tournament, his exploits including the fastest half-century (14 balls) in domestic T20 history.
One of the Titans’ real stalwarts, Behardien may be in his 14th season with the franchise, but he will no doubt just carry on being their clinical finisher in the middle-order.