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India slayer Aussie cricketer Jason Behrendorff compared to WWE’s John Cena

Jason Behrendorff burst out laughing when told about his strange comparison with WWE wrestler John Cena, after the left-arm pacer guided Australia to a series-levelling win in the Guwahati T20 vs India.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 11, 2017 15:38 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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When Jason Behrendorff was busy running through the Indian cricket team’s batting line-up in Guwahati T20, there were posts on social media over his supposed likeness to WWE wrestler John Cena. (HT Photo )

Having rattled a batting line-up as strong as India’s and clinching the Man-of-the-Match award for his heroics in the Guwahati T20I, Jason Behrendorff faced media, not expecting that he would be compared with WWE wrestler John Cena.

The 27-year-old Behrendorff — having made his T20I debut in the India vs Australia Ranchi game - burst out laughing when asked if he was aware that he is compared to the burly wrestler, who enjoys a massive fan following in India.

(Read | India vs Australia: Jason Behrendorff lets his ‘skill do the talking’)

The question from a reporter, during the press conference after Australia defeated India in India in a T20I for the first time since 2012, was pretty strange:

“Some of the fans seem to see a likeness between you and the professional wrestler John Cena. Have you ever got that?”

Behrendorff was in splits even before the question was completed. He gathered himself soon and replied, “No I haven’t. But from what I can understand is that he is fair bit bigger than I am. So, but yeah, I’ll take it.”

(Read | Virat Kohli rues batting failure in India’s eight-wicket loss to Australia)

The left-arm pacer rattled India early on with the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and went on to remove Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey.

India could never recover from the early blows from that had left them reeling at 27/4 at one stage and went on to lose the game by eight wickets.

The third and final T20I at Hyderabad on October 13 becomes the series-decider, following which Australia will head home for the Ashes 2017-18, starting November 23.

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 13:35 IST