Huge honour to be called ’Baby AB’, says SA U19 star Dewald Brevis

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Feb 11, 2022, 07:21

Young South African batter Dewald Brevis has said that it is a huge honour for him to be called “Baby AB de Villiers”.

Brevis' heroics at the Under-19 World Cup have led to comparisons with Proteas legend AB de Villiers. The style and class of the youngster have seen him dubbed “Baby AB”, something he is also extremely flattered about.

“To be called Baby AB ... I don't even know what to say. I am nowhere near what AB de Villiers was. He is a guy I grew up idolising, he was my role model from the first time I watched cricket. But I love being called that, it's a real honour and surreal,” the Cricket South Africa website quoted Brevis as saying.

Brevis, in his first season as a contracted player for the Titans, scored an astonishing 506 runs at the U19 World Cup last month — a tournament synonymous with launching the careers of multiple cricketing legends.

The likes of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Aiden Markram all represented South Africa at the tournament in the past, while other global superstars such as Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sanath Jayasuriya and Virat Kohli also made a name for themselves at the competition.

This places Brevis in elite company and his record run haul saw him eclipse the previous record of 505 runs that was held by India opener Shikhar Dhawan.

“It was such a big honour to accomplish what I did. I've worked so hard for it and I believe just doing the simple things right made all the difference. That helped so much in the conditions we played and against the teams we faced,” said Brevis.

“I was really humbled because you see the names of all these guys that have gone to the U19 World Cups over the years.

“They are guys that you grew up watching and players that have turned out to be absolute legends of the game.

“They dominated cricket for years and to hear your name mentioned amongst theirs is unbelievable. It's a massive motivation for me to continue in the same way,” he added.

Feb 11, 2022, 08:01


I will lay you a bet - Brevis will never again play for SA and will end up playing cricket for the Aussies, Nw Zealand or England and not  in SA.   He will not make it into any SA provincial franchise at all.   

Feb 11, 2022, 10:22

Ou Maaik, I'd take your bet if I thought for one second you'd honour it.

Feb 11, 2022, 10:49

I hope he does go abroad. Bigger money, better treatment and no racist quotas.

Hope he comes back and hits double tons against.

The more players the follow in KP’s footsteps the better.

Feb 11, 2022, 12:03

Hang five with the bets and speculation on exit destination will yu?! Let's wait for our resident vitriolic dud picker Pompous Piles to enlighten us with  "South Africa does not produce that sort of player anymore."

Dawid Malan....Devon Conway....Marnus Labuschagne....and now Brevis....let alone Marco Jansen you no, what do we no.

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