South Africa was knocked out of the ongoing ICC U19 World Cup 2022 after a six-wicket loss to England in the Super League quarterfinals on Wednesday (January 2). The ‘Rainbow Nation,’ on the other hand, has found an able successor to one of their greatest cricketing icons in Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. Dewald Brevis, also known as ‘Baby AB,’ is the player who has become an overnight sensation in the ongoing tournament.
The youngster who achieved global recognition in this competition is known for his ability to score in any area, regardless of where the field placements have been made, courtesy of his timing and strokeplay, and he set the stage on fire right away in the Proteas’ first game against India, scoring a brilliant 65.
Brevis then went on to score a match-winning 104 against Uganda as the 2014 champions cruised to a 121-run victory. The 18-year-old once again stepped up for his side when it mattered the most in the knockouts with a scintillating 97, but the South Africans were skittled for just 209 without even playing their quota of 50 overs, and young Englishman Jacob Bethell’s quickfire 88 outshone his first innings performances.
In South Africa, Dewald Brevis is known as ‘Baby AB’ because his batting stance and timing are strikingly similar to that of AB de Villiers. In fact, the South African dugout was seen holding a sign that read, ‘BABY AB!’
While he is known as ‘Baby AB,’ the young cricketer is also a huge De Villiers fan in real life. He played for the Afrikaanse Hor Seunskool (Affies), which happens to be the same school where his inspiration ‘Mr.360’ attended. Brevis has so far amassed 362 runs at an average of 90 and a strike rate of 86, and he is currently the leading run-scorer in the 2022 U19 World Cup. He has a century and three half-centuries to his name.
Dewald Brevis also stated in an interview with the ICC that he is a big fan of AB de Villiers and enjoys watching him bat.
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
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