Knights delighted to have Fudgie

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Farhaan Behardien representing the Proteas against the West Indies in 2015 PHOTO: BACKPAGEPIX

The VKB Knights made a major signing over the past week when it was revealed that the Proteas all-rounder, Farhaan Behardien, will be playing his cricket in Bloemfontein and Kimberley over the next two years.

The 36-year-old is a highly experienced player at international level and has also proven to be a match-winner. More of a batting all-rounder, Behardien has the knack of taking wickets at vital times to swing matches, while with the bat in hand, he is a finisher second to none.

Behardien is most certainly the biggest signing for the new-look Knights, but the franchises did have an eye on the former Proteas skipper, AB de Villiers, and that move was set to happen. Due to his busy schedule and family commitments, De Villiers withdrew from the move, but has given the team enough time to secure the services of Behardien.

The explosive Knights opening batsman, Jacques Snyman, told Bloemfontein Courant that he is looking forward to the arrival of his new teammate.

“Fudgie is definitely going to make a massive difference at the Knights and we can’t wait to have such a senior player in the team.

“We can learn from him, and along with the likes of Pite van Biljon and Shaun von Berg, he is going to make a massive difference in the team. This will go along with coach Allan Donald’s experience.

“We can learn and pick the brain of one of the best finishers in world cricket. So we can’t want for him to link up, and we are also looking forward to the season to start.”

The Knights captain and Proteas batsman, Pite van Biljon, added that Fudgie is exactly the kind of player they were targeting.

“He shot the lights out season-in, season-out for the Titans and he was consistently among the top players in the country.

“For us, he will definitely be a match-winner who brings leadership qualities and experience. He fits our squad like a glove and is exactly the type of player we wanted and we are excited that we got him. It’s great that he has got a stint with Durham now, so luckily one of us would have played a bit of cricket going into the new season.”

Behardien will join the Knights on a two-year contract as soon as his commitments in the English Country Championship with Durham are complete. – MORGAN PIEK