Jason Behrendorff and John Cena © Getty Images and AFP
Jason Behrendorff and John Cena © Getty Images and AFP

When Jason Behrendorff was busy running through the Indian batting line-up, social media had begun to compare the 20-year old with WWE wrestler John Cena. After Australia flattened India by 8 wickets, Behrendorff was confronted with the same. Upon knowing the comparisons, Behrendorff could not contain his laughter. The question by the Indian reporter was so effective that many other reporters were dazed on what to ask further.

However, Behrendorff laughed it off hysterically and replied, “No I haven’t. But from what I understand, he’s a fair bit bigger than I am. But yeah, I’ll take it. Sure.” Behrendorff was the catalyst for Australia’s success. He shattered the top-order that comprised of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Manish Pandey.

Behrendorff could not contain his happiness to scalp the Big 4, “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be honest, to bowl four overs tonight and 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, very special.”

Behrendorff’s plan to nip the ball into the right-handers worked out successfully. Unlike the previous T20I at Ranchi where Behrendorff went wicketless, he got two wickets, in the first over, of Rohit and Kohli, “I was really happy with that. Few ones that I got hit to the boundary probably weren’t where I needed to be bowling. But then to get the ball up there, swinging the ball, 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,” Behrendorff explained his strategy.

Behrendorff  had also learnt some lessons from Australia’s quick Mitchell Starc who has been away from the international circuit since Champions Trophy due to injury. “I know Mitch reasonably well. I’ve spent a bit of time playing with him occasionally but mainly against him. He’s someone that I feel I can talk to and get some advice off as well. He’s a very, very good guy to have around,” he added.

Behrendorff’s T20I best figures of 4 for 21 handed him Man of the Match award.