While still an amateur, South African cricketer Dewald Brevis won the ‘Player of the Series award at the 2022 ICC (International Cricket Board) Under-19 Cricket World Cup in February.
South Africa finished seventh out of 16 teams despite his best efforts. South Africa came in at number seven, the lowest finish of any team since Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu won the competition in 2002 despite leading his team to ninth place.
After only six games, Dewald had already scored 506 runs (2 hundred and 3 half-centuries) and had the highest batting average (84.33). Seven of his opponents’ wickets had fallen in those six games.
For his efforts, he was named to the ICC and ESPNCricinfo’s respective ‘Team of the Tournaments. In April 2021, right before the start of the 2021-22 cricket season in South Africa, he signed on with Northerns.
“Dewald Brevis…” To Whom Does He Belong?
South African cricketer Dewald Brevis, or simply Dewald, goes by both names. He signed on with Northerns in April 2021 in anticipation of the 2021-22 South African cricket season. South Africa’s Under-19 team will make their Twenty20 debut on October 8, 2021, at the CSA Regional T20 Knock-Out Tournament.
When the 2022 International Cricket Council Under-19 Cricket World Cup begins in the West Indies in November 2021, he will be there to represent South Africa. He scored 506 runs throughout the tournament, earning him the title of MVP.
Brevis was acquired by the Mumbai Indians in February’s twenty-second Indian Premier League auctions. Because of his striking resemblance to the legendary AB de Villiers on the field, he is often referred to as “Baby AB.”
Like many kids, he learned to love cricket after playing with a ball in the backyard. He and his brother, Reinhard, would spend countless hours there.
His dad fought for their rights as a family. His mother used to take him bowling when his older brother was at work. Later on, he stopped only going to parks and started going to cricket fields as well.
Dewald Brevis’s Professional Background
He learned the sport of cricket in the backyard, like so many other kids. Because of his and his older brother’s enthusiasm for cricket, their dad built them a pitch in the backyard.
This graceful sport left a lasting impression on the young Dewald. While Reinard was away at college, his mother spent many hours bowling with him. When he wasn’t practicing on actual cricket fields, he was playing in people’s backyards and parks.
In April 2021, he received an offer to play for Northerns, a South African first-class cricket team, in the upcoming 2021-22 domestic season. From the relative security of backyards and parks, a youngster was making his way into cricket’s hallowed halls.
The following year, on October 8 of 2021, he was given the opportunity to play for the South African Under 19 Team in a regional T20 Knockout event in South Africa.
When he was 19, he made his ODI debut for South Africa the following day, on December 26, 2021, against the West Indies U19s. This time he didn’t bat, but he still contributed by taking three key wickets with the ball.
In November 2021, he was named to the South African U-19 World Cup of 2022 squad. In his first game, he scored 65 runs off of 95 balls against India, catapulting him into the limelight.
No. There is no family connection between Dewald Brevis and AB de Villiers. The kid looks up to the legendary batter because he has a similar batting style. He even shares AB de Villiers’s jersey number, 17.