Huge honour to be called Baby AB de Villiers, says Dewald Brevis
South Africa young batter Dewald Brevis has expressed his gratitude for being called “Baby AB de Villiers.”
Brevis’ heroics at the U19 World Cup have led to comparisons with Proteas legend AB de Villiers. The youngster’s style and class have given him the nickname ‘Baby AB,’ which he is extremely flattered about.
“Tocalled 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 my role model from the first time I watched cricket. But I love called that, it’s a real honour and surreal,” the official website of Cricket South Africa (CSA) quoted Brevis as saying.
Brevis scored an incredible 506 runs at the global spectacle in his first season as a contracted player for the Centurion-based franchise – a tournament known for beginning the careers of several cricketing heroes.
Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, and Aiden Markram have all represented South Africa at the competition, while other international giants such as Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Virat Kohli have also created a name for themselves in the finals.
This places Brevis in elite company, and his record run-haul saw him surpass India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s previous mark of 505 runs.
“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 really humbled because you see the names of all these guys. That have gone to the U19 World Cups over the years. Therefore, 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