Dewald Brevis is a South African cricketer, popularly known as ‘Baby AB’ or ‘Junior AB’ for his unique resemblance to AB de Villiers, the popular South African cricketer.
Devald Brevis was born on Tuesday, 29 April 2003 (age 19 years; by 2022) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He did his schooling at the Afrikaans Hor Senschool in Pretoria, which has also been the alma mater of de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Jacques Rudolph, Heino Kuhn, Neil Wagner and Kruger van Wyk. In an interview, Dewald revealed that he has always been a fan of cricket and started playing it in his backyard with his elder brother and his father.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: medium ash blonde
Eye Colour: lavender gray
parents and siblings
His father’s name is Jack Brevis and mother’s name is Yolanda Brevis. He has an elder brother named Renard Brevis.
He is in a relationship with Lindy Marie.
Brevis practices Christianity. His Instagram bio says,
All the glory of Jesus”
Dewald Brevis is a right-handed batsman and leg break bowler, who has been part of teams like Mumbai Indians, Northern Under-13 and South Africa Under-19. He was signed by Northern in April 2021 ahead of the 2021–22 domestic cricket season in South Africa. He made his Twenty20 debut for South Africa Under-19s in the 2021–22 CSA Provincial T20 Knock-Out Tournament on 8 October 2021. He scored 46 runs in 25 balls at a strike rate of 184 which included two fours and four sixes. In November 2021, he was included in South Africa’s squad for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. He showed exemplary performance in the tournament as he scored two centuries and three half-centuries, 3 and 4 runs short of two centuries. He scored a total of 506 runs in six innings, breaking Shikhar Dhawan’s record of 505 runs in seven innings. He also managed to take seven wickets. Although South Africa could only reach the quarter-finals of the tournament, Brevis was adjudged Player of the Tournament. He represented the Titans Cubs at CSA Cubs Week in February 2022 and averaged 46.50 at 0, 25, 41*, 58, and 62. The IPL auction started nine days after his World Cup innings. His base price is Rs. 20 lakh and was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3 crore.
Before IPL, Brevis played only 8 T20 matches in his career, in which he had 204 runs and 5 wickets to his name. Not being a part of Mumbai Indians’ playing 11 in the first two matches, Brevis made his IPL debut on 6 April 2022 against Kolkata Knight Riders in Pune. He scored 29 runs in 19 balls. He took the wicket of Virat Kohli on his first ball of the IPL, after which he scored 49 runs in 25 balls against Punjab Kings. Brevis made Rahul Chahar the costliest over for a leg-spinner in his 170-over IPL career, in which he scored a total of 29 runs in an over before four consecutive sixes. As of April 2022, he maintained a strike rate of 155 in IPL 2022.
During a match between RCB and Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022, Brevis dismissed Virat Kohli with his first ball in the IPL and Virat missed his first half-century of IPL 2022 by just 2 runs. Dewald bowls a googly, which hits Virat’s pad. The on-field umpire declared him out, after which Virat used the DRS which was ruled in vain. This angered Kohli and he expressed his anger by slamming his bat on the ground. It created a buzz among the media and fans. However, after the match, Virat met Brevis and said,
New young man good one, ah! Nice first date, take me to the first ball. ,
- In IPL 2022, Brevis hit the longest six of 112 meters.
- 506 runs in the 2022 U19 WC broke Shikhar Dhawan’s world record for the most runs in a single U19 World Cup tournament.
AB de Villiers and baby AB
Having established himself as baby AB, Brevis has always been a fan of AB de Villiers. Brevis is similar to AB de Villiers not only in terms of looks but also in his approach and gameplay. In an interview, Brevis revealed,
AB de Villiers has always been my idol; From a young age, growing up, I [used to] Watch him play.”
AB de Villiers once visited the Brevis School, which is also the alma mater of AB de Villiers. Brevis listened attentively to him about his experiences and small anecdotes. When it came time for Abby to leave, Brevis mustered up the courage to ask her for her number, and to her surprise, Abby had given her her number. Keeping in mind Brevis’ passion for cricket, AB decided to teach him cricket tips and tricks. They also helped Brevis improve his gameplay by doing net sessions together. Reportedly, Abby even went to Brevis’ house to help him practice. Abby transitioned from her role model to that of her mentor. In an interview, Brevis expressed,
I always wore my AB de Villiers shirt that my mother made for me. [I just love] the way he plays. He has a great mindset and loves to entertain people. That was me from a young age – I also wanted to entertain and put on a big show whenever I batted.
AB is someone I look up to and if I can only play 10 percent like him then I will be happy. I’d love that.”
Interestingly, Brevis’ SA U19 shirt also displayed the number ’17’ on his back, which de Villiers once played for on his ODI debut for the Proteas in 2005. In an interview, he revealed,
I met Abby for the first time in Effiz and we’ve had a sort of relationship ever since. I asked him if I can play with number 17? [shirt] And he said ‘Sure, play with it. That’s perfect”
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Facts / Trivia
- He is also known as AB 2.0.
- According to Brevis’ agent Weber van Wyk, his dream is to play for the Proteas. In an interview he said,
His dream is to play for the Proteas and playing in South Africa is very important for him.
- Brevis has been subject to a non-fungible token (NFT), a unique digital asset representing real-world objects such as art, music, in-game items and videos that are often bought and sold online with cryptocurrency. go. NFT of Brevis is a clip of England’s Tom Perst launching for six at long-on during the Under-19 World Cup quarter-finals in Antigua. Brevis’ NFT was sold 16 times for USD200 to USD444 from 9 March 2022 to 19 April 2022.
- Brevis had expressed his desire to play for RCB in an interview. He said,
For me, the biggest dream is to play for Proteas and then I am such a big IPL fan, I would love to play for RCB because AB (de Villiers) and (Virat) Kohli are.”
However, during the IPL players’ auction, RCB did not bid for him even though the team was looking for a replacement for AB de Villiers.