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Dewald Brevis: Baby AB

One thing you could never accuse Dewald Brevis of is lack of confidence. As a teenager studying at the renowned Affies school in Pretoria, he came to know that a certain AB de Villiers was visiting his old cricket master. Brevis and a friend quickly made their way to the teacher’s room and joined the queue of autograph seekers. But Dewald’s ambitions went beyond getting a signature in a notebook.

He followed de Villiers to his car and somehow convinced him to share his phone number. Over the following weeks and months, there were a few texts and calls. Then one day, de Villiers ended up in the back garden of the Brevis family, passing on tips that he had picked up during the course of a 14-year-long international career to a young Dewald.

We don’t know exactly what was shared, but Brevis put the knowledge gained to good use at the Under-19 World Cup in the Caribbean in early 2022. He failed in just 1 innings out of 6 played and was comfortably the highest run scorer in the competition. The fact that the rest of the South African Under-19 team line-up barely performed in the big games meant that his batting got even more attention.

With the junior event now televised, scouts from the Indian T20 League liked what they saw. At the mega auction in February 2022, Brevis was one of a handful of Under-19 stars who created quite a buzz. Despite plenty of interest from the Chennai team, the reigning champions, he found a home with the Mumbai team, the most successful in the competition’s history with 5 titles.

But as other young talents have discovered, the Indian T20 League is a tough place to thrive. Brevis knows that he faces a real challenge to break into the Mumbai team in the first place. But with Quinton de Kock and the Pandya brothers having left, there are gaps to be filled in the XI. It would be surprising if Mumbai spent so much money just to put Brevis on the bench.

It took even Kohli a couple of seasons to really establish himself in the league. In fact, when the competition was played in South Africa in 2009 and the Brevis family first watched it closely, it was Manish Pandey that was considered the bigger talent. There is usually less patience with foreign signings, though, and Brevis knows he’ll have to hit the ground running when he gets his chance. De Villiers and many other good judges of the game believe that he’ll do just fine.

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Dewald Brevis’s Personal Details

    • Name
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    • Dewald Brevis
    • Date of Birth
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    • 29th April 2003
    • Birthplace
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    • Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Height
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    • 5′10″
    • Batting Style
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    • Right-handed batter
    • Playing Role
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    • Top-order batter
    • Major Teams Played For
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    • South Africa Under-19 team

Dewald Brevis - Key Skills and Strengths

It’s not without reason that Dewald Brevis has been nicknamed “Baby AB” by those that have watched him play. Like his idol who once gave him tips in the backyard of the Brevis family home, the youngster has a wide range of strokes. More importantly, he has a superb game sense. He seems to instinctively know when to attack the bowling and when to be watchful. Two low-scoring matches at the recent Under-19 World Cup highlighted this quality. In a failed run chase against India, he tried to hold the innings together with a 99-ball 65. When the batting collapsed again in the quarter-final against England, he blazed his way to 97 off just 88 balls. Two similar scenarios, two very different approaches. He is also a promising leg-spinner who took 7 wickets in the competition.

Dewald Brevis Awards and Achievements

Given a contract by the Titans franchise when he was just 18, Brevis has only just broken into the senior provincial side. Such was his commitment that when the Under-19 World Cup in the Caribbean ended, he flew straight to Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) to play for the Titans in the domestic T20 tournament.

Here are some of Dewald’s biggest achievements so far:

  • Brevis was adjudged the Player of the Tournament at the 2022 Under-19 World Cup.

  • His tally of 506 runs in the competition was the highest in the tournament’s history, and it included 2 centuries and 2 scores in the 90s.

Dewald Brevis’s Indian T20 League Journey

It isn’t often that an overseas Under-19 player causes a stir at the Indian T20 League auction. But after his exploits at the Under-19 World Cup – even though South Africa only finished 7th – there was considerable interest in a young man being compared to someone who was a star of the tournament for 14 seasons. The Chennai team and Punjab team made the early bids, but the Mumbai team entered the bidding late and finally got their man for ₹3 crores.

Given that he has played less than a dozen games in the format, it is quite a risk. But the talent scouts seem certain that Brevis can go right to the top.

Dewald Brevis: FAQs

Besides his batting style, how else did Brevis directly follow in AB de Villiers’ footsteps?

Brevis also attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool in Pretoria, popularly known as Affies. De Villiers and Faf du Plessis both studied there.

Which Indian T20 League team did Brevis support?

He supported the Bangalore team, which de Villiers represented for 11 seasons.

In the Brevis household, who was most thrilled when the Mumbai team bought him?

It was his mother, Yolanda, who is a Mumbai team fan. Okker, his father, supports the Kolkata team.

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