OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY OLD WESTERFORDIAN CRICKETER
OW, Farhaan Behardien, apparently nicknamed ‘Fudgie’, has recently made Westerford and the rest of the Western Cape exceedingly proud.
Farhaan is a South African international cricketer who plays ODIs and T20s. On 10 January 2017, he was appointed as the T20 captain for the first two matches of the three-match series against Sri Lanka. The Westerford community extends huge congratulations to him for this amazing accomplishment.
Farhaan is described as an aggressive right-handed batsman, a useful bowler, and an athletic fielder. Born on the 9th of October 1983 and currently 33 years old, he attended Westerford from 1997 to 2001. While at school, he played 1st team cricket and rugby, and received his Western Province colours for both sports.
After matriculating, Farhaan pursued his love of cricket and made a name for himself with the Titan’s Cricket franchise. In 2009, he represented South Africa at the 2009 Hong Kong Sixes tournament, where he famously hit a six off the last ball, which lead South Africa to victory in the final match against Hong Kong.
In early 2012, Farhaan made his T20 international debut for South Africa against India. Later that year, he earned himself a place in the South African squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. He made his ODI debut against New Zealand in Kimberley in January 2013 and went on to represent the Proteas in the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia in 2015. In this tournament he played in 4 matches, his best innings being an unbeaten 64 off 31 balls. By the end of 2016, he had played 41 ODI matches in total.
His career has been going from strength to strength. It was therefore fitting that last year Farhaan was awarded the Nil Nisi Optimum award for his fantastic achievements after school. Unfortunately he was not able to receive the award in person as he was playing in India at the time.
Presently, a display of his cricketing achievements is on view in the cabinet of the Noel Taylor Hall foyer.
Interestingly, last term, Farhaan’s nephew, Ziyaad Behardien, was chosen as the 1st team cricket captain for 2017. Best wishes go to both of them, and special good luck to Farhaan for his captaining debut at Supersport Park this evening. Westerford will be watching.
By Rebecca Edmunds 12A