South African cricketer, Dewald Brevis: On 29 April 2003, Dewald came into this world. Currently, he is 18 years old. He belongs to Johannesburg, South Africa. Dewald is one of the hard working and determined cricketers. At a very early age, he made his way to the cricket world and made his debut in T20 Under-19. He earned the nickname Baby AB as his gameplay or gaming style appears similar to AB de Villiers. As for his batting style, he follows the Right-handed batting style. Furthermore, he follows a leg-break bowling style.
Tournaments Played by Dewald Brevis:
In April 2021, he received an opportunity to join Northerns. Further, he got signed by Northerns ahead of the 2021–22 domestic cricket season in South Africa. On 8th October 2021, He made his Twenty20 debut for South Africa in under 19 during 2021–22 Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial T20 Knock-Out tournament.
In November 2021, he was selected in South Africa’s team for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. During the tournament, he smashed two centuries and three fifties, and earned the title as the Player of the Tournament, after scoring 506 runs. In February 2022, in the 2022 Indian Premier League auction, Brevis was taken by the Mumbai Indians.
As for his T20, Dewald Brevis received an opportunity to become part of the 12 T20 tournament. He in total made 293 runs. Further, Brevis maintained a batting average in the T20 matches of 26.63. The highest score Dewald Brevis has in the T20 debut is 49 runs. He delivered 123 balls in the tournament and Dewald took 6 wickets. Dewald Brevis maintained his bowling average of 25. As the best bowling of Dewald in the tournament, he made 2/33. He took 4 catches or stumpings.
Under-19 star who hit 112-meter long maximum: Brevis hit four consecutive SIXES
On April 13, Dewald Brevis lived up to his potential as he gave a sensational hit of 49 runs off just 25 balls for Mumbai Indians against Punjab Kings on Wednesday in IPL 2022 at MCA Stadium, Pune.
Brevis first introduced a maximum over long-on. He then went down the track and hit the bowler over wide long-on for an even bigger shot. On the next ball, Brevis smashed a 102-meter-long maximum over deep mid-wicket to get it a hat-trick of sixes.
The young Protea batter didn’t just stop there as he followed it up with the fourth successive six of the over. The final hit from Brevis travelled a distance of 112-meters making it the longest six of the season. The prior best was Liam Livingstone’s 108-meter long maximum against Chennai Super Kings’ pacer Mukesh Choudhary.
The crowd at the stadium was watching the teenager with full attentiveness at how he was dealing in sixes and entertaining them. Brevis scored 49 runs off 25 balls before losing his wicket to Odean Smith and failing to come up the milestone of becoming the youngest overseas player to hit a fifty in the history of IPL. He lost his wicket at deep mid-wicket by Arshdeep Singh.
Brevis constructed his innings startlingly as initially he took his time to settle down after Mumbai Indians openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan lost their wickets inside the powerplay.
Why is Dewald Brevis Called Baby AB?
The exceedingly talented 18-year-old cricketer justified his nickname of ‘Baby AB’ as he displayed his 360-degree hittings on the cricket pitch.
The right-handed teenage batting sensation, who became the fifth-youngest overseas player to make his first appearance in IPL when he made his IPL debut, unleashed his beast mode in the over number nine bowled by leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.
The youngster plundered 29 runs in that over as he smashed a four and then dispatched the bowler for four consecutive sixes to make Chahar most expensive over his IPL career.
Dewald Brevis: Mumbai Indians Practice Session
Dewald acquired ₹3 crores by the Mumbai Indians during the Indian Premier League Mega Auction 2022. Mumbai Indians new recruit Dewald Brevis had set the ground on fire in the U19 World Cup for South Africa this year and he is now looking forward to showcase his talent in the cash-rich tournament.
The right-hander has been popularly called ‘Baby AB’ for his similarities in batting style and stroke-making with one of the best batters in the last era, AB De Villiers. Brevis was bought for ₹3 Crores by the Mumbai franchise after an immense bidding war with Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings.
Brevis might be one of the players having played just 2 List A games and 9 T20 games so far, but there is no doubt about his potential. The 18-year-old topped the batting charts in the U19 World Cup 2022 in the West Indies with 506 runs in 6 innings at an average rate of 84.33, hitting 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries in the process as well.