India vs Australia: Jason Behrendorff lets his ‘skill do the talking’
Jason Behrendorff was named Man-of-the-Match in only his second international game after helping Australia beat India by eight wickets in Guwahati on Tuesday.india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 11, 2017 11:32 IST
Jason Behrendorff doesn’t look menacing at first go. But what he achieved in the second T20I against India can very well be one of the most devastating spells that Virat Kohli’s side faced in the shortest format of cricket. (IND v AUS 2nd T20I highlights | Scorecard)
The Australian left-arm pacer, playing only his second international match, returned with figures of 4/21 in four overs. His victims included Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey. The four-wicket burst crippled the hosts to succumb to their first T20I loss to Australia in five years.
Behrendorff, after the Man-of-the-Match winning performance, said that despite the aggressive show he would like to keep it limited to his game only.
“You don’t have to be mean and nasty all the time. Generally, I try and let my skills and the ball do the talking for me instead of getting into a verbal battle or anything like that. Some guys enjoy that and that’s what gets them going and fired up, but it’s not really my style,” he said after Australia’s eight-wicket win.
The 27-year-old player added that achieving such success in only his second international game was surreal.
“An unbelievable feeling to be honest. Ranchi was almost nearly not getting on at all, to get one over was great. But to bowl four overs tonight, to take four wickets but mainly to get a win, to get the boys back up and about after a pretty tough time in the one-dayers. It’s very special,” he said.
“A few times that I got hit to the boundary probably weren’t obviously where I needed to be bowling. But to get the ball up there, swing it, hit guys on the pads and nick blokes off those are the things we talk about in our meetings to get the balls in those areas especially up front. So, I was very happy with that.”
‘Baggy green – ultimate aim’
Despite making his debut at an age when most top cricketers already start prospering, Behrendorff believes he has it in him to play for the Test side.
“I’d love to. Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I’m sure all cricketers aspire to and I certainly do. That’s something I’ll be pursuing and do everything I can to play Test cricket,” he said.
‘Made father speechless’
The pacer has 123 wickets in 29 first-class matches at an average of 22.92. With such great numbers and a starry show against India, Behrendorff may be poised for bigger things. But as of now the player from New South Wales is happy to savour the moment when he made his father speechless.
“It was a very special moment (getting called up for Australia), probably telling my wife first off was amazing. She was away at the time so we had to do it over the phone. She was very excited. The next best one was my dad. He’s never speechless, he’s an outgoing sort of guy but he was speechless on the phone for about 10 seconds,” Behrendorff chuckled.
First Published: Oct 11, 2017 11:27 IST