The 39-year-old, who played 59 ODIs and 38 T20Is and captained the Proteas in a three-game T20 series against Sri Lanka in 2017, took to social media to announce his decision to retire .
The all-rounder said the decision to quit professional cricket after playing for more than 18 years was a tough one, and the past two weeks have been particularly difficult for him.
— Farhaan Béhardien (@fudgie11) 1672118918000
Primarily a batter, he scored 1074 ODI runs and 518 T20I runs, although it was his prolific scoring in domestic cricket that stood out. Behardien made his first-class debut in 2004 and scored over 7,000 points in 125 games, his highest being an undefeated 150.
He had to wait eight years to make his South African debut and became a regular on the white ball.
He featured in Proteas’ T20 World Cup campaigns in 2012, 2014 and 2016 as well as the ODI World Cup in 2015.
“18 years have passed. 560 professional matches in all formats, including 97 selections for my country, 17 trophies in the cabinet and the chance to have played 4 world cups”, wrote Behardien on social networks.
He last represented South Africa in November 2018 in a T20I against Australia in Carrara.