“When I did get the time to reflect, I did realise that I had a pretty good season,” he said of a season that saw him clean up at the Titans’ awards.
“We have had a month or so to put our feet up and get away from the game, and to spend some time with family and reflect."
Now, though, the cobwebs are being shaken off, with some running and gym-work for those players in the country.
“The boys have been hitting it hard, and there is great hunger in the squad again. To win the domestic treble is a massive goal, and we have got close a few times. It is something that has not been done before, so it is obviously very difficult to do. But we would like to add to the trophies we have won,” he said.
That mentality, Behardien elaborates, is what makes the Titans culture special. There is always another layer of success to add to the Sky Blue lore.
“The guys love playing for this team, and they have a great loyalty to the sky blue shirt. They see it as a stepping stone to bigger things, and they want to contribute to the success of the Sky Blues.
"That culture is created by the senior players we have; guys like skipper Albie Morkel, Henry Davids, Heino Kuhn and myself, and then we have made some astute signings over the years,” he pointed out.
“The Tukkies feeder system is also fantastic, and you can see the quality of the players who have come through that system of excellence.”
That winning feeling is all around at Centurion, but there is even more motivation to do well this season, with national call-ups in the offing. For Behardien, there is a goal to win back his South African jersey, with the ICC World Cup just over a year away.
“The key for me is to keep performing for the Titans, because that is always the focus. I would obviously love to get back into Proteas squad, and it will be a massive season of six-seven months domestically.”
If the call-up comes sooner, Behardien wants to be ready, which is why he and the rest of the Sky Blue machine have hit the early part of pre-season so hard.
“I would love to continue my T20 form into next season, and also build on my 50-over form. I want to put myself in the best position to be ready if I get the call-up for any of the winter tours,” he said with relish.