Dewald Brevis has been one of the names who has been making the noise in world of cricket in last few months. The youngster from South Africa sparked an exciting bidding war on Day 1 of IPL 2022 mega auction, where a couple of franchises showed keen interest in securing his services. However, in the end, it was Mumbai Indians who won the battle as they secured the signing of Brevis for Rs 3 crore.
For some people, it came as a surprise to see an uncapped overseas player getting such an amount but those who followed the recently-concluded Under-19 World Cup could understand the reason behind the same. The 18-year-old caught everyone’s attention with his remarkable display of batting in the mega event, where he ended up as the player of the tournament.
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His mesmerizing range of shots and style of play instantly got everyone to draw parallels with AB de Villiers and it was later revealed that the youngster has idolized Mr. 360 and is actually known as ‘Baby AB’ by his teammates.
Dewald Brevis is known as "Baby AB" in South Africa and last night when he completed his fifty against India U-19, his team-mates showed it from the dressing room. pic.twitter.com/6AhmST0AJB
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 16, 2022
Interestingly, he has played for Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) which is the same school of AB de Villiers. To add to it, he also dons jersey no. 17 (ABD’s number). There are so many similarities between the two players and as Brevis is likely to be the next big thing in world cricket, here are a few key details about him:
Name: Dewald Brevis (Nickname – Baby AB)
Date of Birth: 29 April 2003 (age 18 years)
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Teams played for: Northerns Under-13s, South Africa Under-19s
List A Stats: Matches – 2; Runs – 62; Wicket – 1
U-19 Stats: Matches – 9; Runs – 530; Wickets – 17
It is indeed going to be an enriching experience for Dewald Brevis to share the dressing room with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Mahela Jayawardene. Could he be the future of South Africa and Mumbai Indians going ahead? Let’s wait and watch! One thing is for sure MI have got a player of immense talent who, if groomed properly, could be the youngster to watch out for in IPL 2022.