The ICC U19 World Cup has always been known as the biggest platform for future cricket superstars. Over the years, we have seen numerous players who have gone on to dominate world cricket after graduating from the ICC U19 World Cup. Players like Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jos Buttler are just a few of the many such names.
The most recent edition of the ICC U19 World Cup in 2022 unearthed such a talent that is likely to dominate world cricket in the upcoming years. Thou name is Dewald Brevis. The 19-year-old batter became a star by the end of the U19 World Cup 2022 courtesy of his brilliant batting and whirlwind knocks during the tournament.
Dewald Brevis emerged as the ‘Player of the tournament’ on the back of 506 runs he scored in 6 matches, at an average of 84.33, including two centuries and three half-centuries. The South African batter shot to instant fame owing to the similarities between his batting style and his legendary countryman AB de Villiers. But does Dewald Brevis has any relation with AB de Villiers and who is his father? Let’s find out.
Who is Dewald Brevis’ Father?
On the 29th of April, 2003, Dewald Brevis took birth in Johannesburg. His father’s name is Jack Brevis and his mother’s name is Yolanda Brevis. Jack is a cricket enthusiast, hence, he prepared a cricket pitch in their backyard for Dewald and his elder brother Reinard to learn and practice the game.
In the absence of Reinard, Dewald’s mom, Yolanda, used to bowl to him. It was the support he received from his parents that helped Dewald Brevis to achieve that much at such a young age. In 2022, he became one of the youngest foreign players to participate in the Indian Premier League as the right-handed batter represented Mumbai Indians.
Does Dewald Brevis have any relation with AB de Villiers?
No. Dewald Brevis does not have any relation with AB de Villiers. The youngster idolizes the legendary batter and shares a similar batting style to him. Moreover, he also wears jersey number 17 just like AB de Villiers. Dewald Brevis took the jersey number after taking permission from Mr. 360 only. For a fun fact, Brevis also went to the same school as AB did. He and ABD are the alumni of the same school, Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies), Pretoria. Another legendary South African, Faf du Plessis, is an alumnus of the same school.
Why is Dewald Brevis called ‘Baby AB’?
Dewald Brevis earned himself the nickname ‘Baby AB’ and ‘AB 2.0’ courtesy of his playing style and shotmaking very similar to AB de Villiers. Brevis has an identical batting stance to the legendary batter and he also relies more on timing than power just like the ABD. During a U19 World Cup game, his teammates held the placard in the dugout with Baby AB written on it.
This stirred the internet as everyone to take a notice of Dewald’s similarities to AB de Villiers. Brevis’s shots resemble highly to those of ABD’s and his ability to play lofted shots at will is another batting quality he shares with the former Proteas skipper.
Dewald Brevis in the U19 World Cup 2022
The young South African batter took the world by storm with his batting and consistent performances during the ICC U19 World Cup 2022. Dewald Brevis shattered numerous records during the mega-event, including the most runs in a single edition. The right-handed batter amassed 506 runs in 6 games and surpassed Shikhar Dhawan’s record of 505 runs in a single edition in 2004.
Furthermore, he also faced the most number of deliveries, 561, during a single competition. The right-handed batter also broke the record of smashing the most number of maximums in a single tournament after hitting 18 sixes. He also etched his name by scoring five fifty-plus scores during the U19 World Cup 2019. He now holds the record alongside India’s Shubhman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan.