Behardien: Criticism is a part of cricket


Coming off a career-best international score in his last match, South Africa batsman Farhaan Behardien says he never lets any criticism get him down and he enjoyed his innings against New Zealand on Sunday, even though the Proteas lost.

Behardien bats in a very awkward position in the Proteas' ODI batting order, coming in at number six or seven, and often only gets to bat for a few overs when the slog is on.

Although some days will be better than others, depending on the situation, Behardien still gets criticised for being inconsistent in the national side.

On Sunday in the second ODI against the Black Caps, Behardien came in to bat in the 18th over with South Africa on 76 for four.

He scored a classy 70 from 87 balls but did not get the support that he needed as the home side were bowled out for just 204 in Potchefstroom as the visitors completed an eight-wicket victory to level the three-match series.

Behardien said: "I take criticism with a pinch of salt and if you don't have tough skin the game is going to eat you up.

"The same people who are going to give you credit are the same ones that are going to knock you down, and that's part and parcel of the job.

"Sometimes I come in during the 48th over and face about five balls but off those balls I'm expected to hit five sixes.

"I quite enjoyed [Sunday's] innings because I had a bit of time in the middle. Whenever I finish or close a game for my country, I take that success and bank it."

Ahead of the series decider in Durban on Sunday, Behardien wants something special to happen for the Proteas.

He joked: "Hopefully on Wednesday AB (De Villiers) gets 150 and Hash (Hashim Amla) gets 200, to make my job a lot easier."