ICC World Twenty20

Behardien lays demons to rest

2014-03-20 21:36
Farhaan Behardien (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Proteas batsmen Farhaan Behardien says that although their last visit to the sub-continent still haunts him, he has laid those memories to rest as they head into the start of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

According to espncricinfo's website, the Proteas will aim to improve on their last performance at an ICC world event.

However, they will have their work cut out for them with notable names expected to be missing from the team sheet when they meet Sri Lanka in their opening match of the tournament on Saturday.

Captain Faf du Plessis is "50-50"according to Cricket South Africa, with Dale Steyn nursing a right hamstring strain suffered during the recent Test series against Australia while playing a warm-up match in Fatullah against a Bangladesh "A" side on Tuesday.

This could pave the way for the reintroduction of Behardien to the Proteas batting line-up, as he is the only specialist batsmen in reserve.

Behardien experienced an horrific tour to Sri Lanka last year, only managing to score a total of three runs in the three-match T20 series against the islanders.

He was subsequently dropped from the squad, but his form in the domestic T20 series has earned him a recall for the recent Australia T20 series and as a result, a place on the plane to to Bangladesh.

Behardien top-scored in the Proteas' warm-up triumph over Bangladesh "A"on Tuesday, but admitted that he was nervous.

"I was nervous out there," he said.

"At times you can feel alone out there.

"You're alone with your thoughts and you can think stupid things.

"Flashbacks to Sri Lanka in June last year came back to me.

"It was a tough period in my career but it's a journey."

Behardien goes onto say that although many consider the Proteas to be outsiders, there is no reason why they cannot go onto become crowned as champions, because of the lessons they have learnt from previous visits to the subcontinent.

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