Town - When the Proteas take on India in the third and final T20I at Newlands
on Saturday night, there will be a lot of attention on Heinrich Klaasen.
The 26-year-old, getting a run in
the side with Quinton de Kock out injured, is in red hot form.
His 69 off 30, which included
seven sixes, at Centurion on Wednesday night was simply stunning and it
ultimately won the Proteas the match and kept them in the series.
With just two T20Is and four ODIs
to his name, Klaasen is still green on the international stage and as a result
the cricketing public does not know an awful lot about him.
But, speaking ahead of Saturday's
clash, Farhaan Behardien provided
some insight on what makes Klaasen tick.
Behardien and Klaasen play
together at the Titans and know each other well.
"He's coming off some
massive form," Behardien said.
"He comes from a long line
of cricketers who graduated from Tuks. He's played lots of Varsity Cups and
"He's played for the Titans
now for a long time where we've been very successful and played in a good
environment. He's built his character around that.
"He used to bat in the
middle order but now with myself, Albie Morkel, Dave Wiese and Chris Morris, he
normally goes in at No 4, which gives him a little more responsibility. He's
floated around that middle order for the last three or four years."
Behardien added that Klaasen had
flourished under the guidance of Titans coach Mark Boucher, before likening him
to AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis in terms of his mental approach to
"It's no surprise that he's
stepped up. He's a very hard character, he's a competitor and he wants to be on
this stage. He wants to play for a long time ... that's the way he is,"
"He has a similar
competitiveness to the guys like AB and Faf who want to be in a fight against
the opposition. He's not scared of that."