‘AB 2.0’ : Who is Dewald Brevis, nicknamed as ‘Baby AB’ ?
Dewald Brevis has been in the news after his exploits in the ongoing U-19 50-over World Cup. The batter has been compared with South Africa veteran AB de Villiers. Here in this article, we’ll read a little about Brevis and his background. Brevis was born on 29 April 2003 in Johannesburg. Last year, he was signed by Northerns, which represents North Johannesburg. He made his T20 debut for South Africa U-19 in October 2021 in the 2021-22 CSA Provincial T20 knock-out tournament. Next month, he was named to the South Africa U-19 team for the ongoing U-19 50-over World Cup.
He has done his schooling from Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool. In November last year, the 18-year-old stated that he idolises AB de Villiers in an interview with Cricket Fanatics Magazine. The right-hander’s U-19 shirt has the number 17 on its back, which is similar to what de Villiers used to wear. He has also registered for the Indian T20 League mega auction. The auction will take place on February 11 and 12.
Brevis met his idol for the first time in his school and asked the former Proteas skipper if he can don the number 17 jersey, to which AB said ‘sure, play with it. That’s perfect’. The likes of AB and Faf du Plessis have also studied at the same school.
Brevis plays like AB and is nicknamed Baby AB
Brevis’ exploits in the U-19 World Cup has earned him the nickname of ‘Baby AB’ by his teammates in the Proteas colts side. He has the ability to play 360 degrees. Brevis recently shared an image of him in the Bangalore jersey and expressed his wish to play for the franchise.
Stats of Dewald Brevis
He is currently leading the batting charts of the U19 World Event with 362 runs at an average of 90.50. Overall, he has amassed 386 runs in seven games, averaging 55.14 including one century and three fifties. He is way ahead of the next best batter, England’s Tom Prest 275 runs. However, his performances couldn’t help the Men In Green and Gold to beat England in the Quarter-final. He scored 97 but his side was restricted to 209 all-out. In reply, England chase down the target in just 31.2 overs, just like the senior team did against Australia in the 2019 World Cup