IPL Auction 2022: ‘Sachin Tendulkar a childhood hero, excited to play under Rohit Sharma’, says 18 year old ‘Baby AB’ Dewald Brevis
IPL Auction 2022: The new year has been a revelation for young South African batsman Dewald Brevis.
Nicknamed ‘Baby AB’ after Proteas legend AB de Villiers, and you will know why once you see him bat, Brevis set the stage on fire during the recently-concluded U19 World Cup.
He scored 506 runs, the most in a single edition of the U19 World Cup, with two hundreds and three fifties. Brevis also picked up seven wickets with his handy leg-spin as South Africa finished in seventh place.
All this meant that the eyeballs firmly trained on him. As one of the most exciting youngsters in world cricket coming into the IPL mega auction.
Mumbai Indians duly snapped him up for ₹3 cr. And it may just have been a match waiting to happen because a certain Sachin Tendulkar is one of his heroes.
“It is a huge honour to be a part of a franchise with an amazing record like Mumbai Indians. Me and my brother idolised so many players in the Mumbai family while we grew up. Sachin Tendulkar is one of my childhood heroes,” Brevis revealed in an interview with The Times of India.
“Mumbai Indians is a team that you always feel have a very good chance of winning the IPL. And their past record shows that. Also they have been good at giving young players a chance. And I am privileged to have an opportunity to work with their world-class coaching staff,” he added.
One other aspect Brevis is looking forward to is playing under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, who just like the South African. Therefore, he identified as an extraordinary talent at a young age.
“I am very excited to play under Rohit Sharma. He is someone that I admire and for a young player like me to be able to share a dressing room with a captain. Moreover, player like Rohit, a dream come true. I will try to learn as much as I can from him,” Brevis stated in the chat.
Those are some very fine ambitions that young Dewald Brevis has in mind. As he gears up for his first IPL season.