Behrendorff goes off in India

Kersi Meher-Homji Columnist

By Kersi Meher-Homji, Kersi Meher-Homji is a Roar Expert


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    Australia’s current tour of India looked a nightmare for Australian supporters until Tuesday morning. After losing the ODIs 1-4, Australia was 0-1 in T20 when the second T20 international commenced in Guwahati.

    It all changed due to a stunning spell by Australia’s new left-arm fast-medium bowler, Jason Behrendorff.

    Playing only his second international he took four for 21 as India was dismissed for 118. Australia won by eight wickets and the new face was adjudged man of the match.

    This is how the 27-year-old ‘Jason Behrendorff who?’ pressed the destruction button, making the overconfident Indian batsmen fumble their footwork.

    Given the new ball, Jason trapped the aggressive Rohit Sharma for eight off his fourth ball. Two balls later he caught and bowled skipper Virat Kohli for a duck. But that was just a start.

    Off the second ball of his second over he had Manish Pande caught behind by Tim Paine for six. Thus he had captured three wickets for 12 runs in his first eight balls.

    But he was not finished yet. He had the attacking Shikar Dhawan caught brilliantly by captain David Warner for two to grab four for 12 in his 15 balls. Indian batsmen found his seam and swing as difficult to read as the commentators found his surname difficult to pronounce.

    Behrendorff’s match-winning spell came as a surprise to many, but not to those who follow Sheffield Shield. In February this year Jason Behrendorff had captured nine for 37 for Western Australia against Victoria in Perth. These were the fifth-best figures in Sheffield Shield history and the best since Western Australia’s Ian Brayshaw’s all ten for 44, also against Victoria in Perth in 1967-68.

    That February match was one to remember for Jason. He took five for 52 in the second innings to end with stunning match figures of 14 for 89. These are ninth-best Sheffield Shield match figures and the best since another Western Australia quickie Terry Alderman’s 14 for 87 – seven for 59 and seven for 28 – against New South Wales in Perth in 1981-82.

    For the best match figures in Sheffield Shield we have to go back 123 years when medium pacer George Giffin took 16 for 186 for South Australia against New South Wales at Adelaide in 1894-95.

    Will Jason repeat his success in the final T20 against India at Hyderabad on Friday?

    He has yet to play in an ODI or a Test match. Will he make his Test debut in the Ashes this summer? Perhaps it’s too early to predict after one success in a T20 international.

    But to me, ‘Behrendorff who?’ has become Behrendorff when?’.

    Kersi Meher-Homji
    Kersi Meher-Homji

    Kersi is an author of 13 cricket books including The Waugh Twins, Cricket's Great All-rounders,Six Appeal and Nervous Nineties. He writes regularly for Inside Cricket and other publications. He has recently finished his new book on Cricket's Conflicts and Controversies, with a foreword by Greg Chappell.

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    • October 12th 2017 @ 9:47am
      dan ced said | October 12th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

      Been a long time coming, he’s always got a niggle at the wrong time. I think he’s potentially better than Starc, if not for a little extra speed.

      • October 12th 2017 @ 11:28am
        Kersi Meher-Homji said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

        Better than Starc, dan ced? Too early to say. Behrendorff has a long way to go. Hope for the best.

        • October 12th 2017 @ 12:05pm
          dan ced said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

          Only because Starc can be wayward, and go missing. I think Dorff is more accurate and consistent.. but Starc definitely more dangerous when he’s on.

    • October 12th 2017 @ 10:37am
      Keval said | October 12th 2017 @ 10:37am | ! Report

      Great Article !!!

      • October 12th 2017 @ 11:25am
        Kersi Meher-Homji said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:25am | ! Report

        Thanks, Keval.

    • Roar Guru

      October 12th 2017 @ 11:04am
      Anindya Dutta said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

      Excellent piece Kersi! I had read about him in Ronan’s article here a few days ago and was really impressed when i saw him. Granted that historically Indian batsmen have made the careers of a long (and sometimes not so distinguished) line of left arm fast bowlers, Behrendoff, like a Johnson, Starc and a Reid earlier, seems a different level of bowler. I wish him much success and hopefully your last question’s answer is: This summer!

      • October 12th 2017 @ 11:31am
        Kersi Meher-Homji said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        Thanks Anindya. Hope it is this summer. But a single performance in T20 is not enough. Of course he did well in Sheffield Shield also.
        A question. What does the picture of SPELLS before your name signify? It appears spell-binding!

        • Roar Guru

          October 12th 2017 @ 11:52am
          Anindya Dutta said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:52am | ! Report

          Hi Kersi. The picture is of my new book which will be released next week. It’s on the best bowling spells in the history of cricket. It’s called ‘Spell-binding Spells’.

          Here is a bit about it. It’s on pre-order on qmazon india this week. Will be available in Australia in a few days.

          • October 12th 2017 @ 12:13pm
            Kersi Meher-Homji said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

            All the best for your new book, Anindya. Can’t wait to read it. And VVS Laxman writing the Foreword, wow!

          • October 12th 2017 @ 12:40pm
            Ouch said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

            Looks like a good read Anindya. Congrats.

            Discount for Roar posters??

            Great to see Berendorff finally getting some game time. Good player. Has definitely earned it.

            • Roar Guru

              October 12th 2017 @ 1:12pm
              Anindya Dutta said | October 12th 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

              Thanks so much Ouch. Will put it out here when I have the link live for the Amazon Australia store. While I am not sure if I have any influence on how the publisher (or Amazon) runs the discounts, you have got me thinking maybe I can get a couple of copies of the book signed by VVS Laxman and myself for a giveaway to a couple of lucky Roarers who buy the book! Let me speak to VVS when I see him in a few weeks and swing that if he is agreeable!

    • October 12th 2017 @ 11:19am
      Chui said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:19am | ! Report

      With Pattinson gone, I see Behrendorff as the next best option ahead of Coulter-Nile.

      Fingers crossed for no more injuries.

    • October 12th 2017 @ 11:43am
      Peter Grove said | October 12th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

      Great article, Kersi. I also had not heard much about Behrendorff, except he occasionally played good games for W.A when he wasn’t injured. I too hope he continues to goes well. Quite a few Cricketing nations, besides India, seem to have trouble against accurate left arm swing/ seamers. And maybe commentator Brad Hogg will learn to pronounce his name properly to assist his fellow commentators. Or maybe he gets instructions from Harsha. Also good to see Harsha Bhogle condemn the potentially dangerous stone throwing incident to the Australian team bus.

      • October 12th 2017 @ 12:16pm
        Kersi Meher-Homji said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

        Thank you, Peter.
        I wholeheartedly condemn the act of a goon throwing a stone at the Aussie team bus. Shameful.

      • Roar Guru

        October 12th 2017 @ 1:18pm
        Anindya Dutta said | October 12th 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

        I had not seen the stone throwing incident news. Just looked it up. Cricketers, particularly Aussie cricketers are very well loved in India. This was very unfortunate indeed clearly by a hooligan. Absolutely condemn it and it has been condemned widely. It is particularly unfortunate that it had to happen in Guwahati which was hosting an international match after a while and its a truly lovely stadium where the Aussies played so well. I am sure this wont be repeated.

    • October 12th 2017 @ 12:46pm
      Rajesh said | October 12th 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

      Superb, informative and interesting article, Kersi.



      • October 12th 2017 @ 1:06pm
        Kersi Meher-Homji said | October 12th 2017 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

        Shukriya (thanks) Rajesh. Praise from you, my stats guru, is a big compliment.