Under-19 World Cup – Dewald ‘AB 2.0’ Brevis gears up to become South Africa’s next big event

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He has a certain reputation, and with the guidance of de Villiers to guide him, the young South African could be on his way to big things.

Dewald Brevis believed he took the opportunity to meet his hero when he requested a selfie at a local restaurant, until it happened.
“AB (de Villiers) came to our school. Schalk Engelbrecht (the captain of the South African schools in 2021), and I just ran into the room because we wanted to be near the AB. sat down and listened to the most amazing stories and then we walked with AB. I took a chance and asked him for his number and he gave it to me. “

And so began a little-publicized relationship between South Africa’s most innovative hitter ever and his protégé, dubbed “AB 2.0” by some.

Brevis is a top notch hitter who has earned a great reputation, primarily through outstanding performance in the CSA T20 knockout competition. Brevis scored a 46 of 25 balls, the best score out of a total of 172, and tried to apply the mantra he had heard from another great cricketer. “I just thought of what Kevin Pietersen said in an interview I heard: ‘You have to play ball, even though he’s a phenomenal bowler; just play the ball and don’t look at the bowler. own game, ”said Brevis.

No one else on the team could emulate this and the team lost all three games they played. Brevis admitted they were “too frantic and too fearless”, and in awe of the occasion. “Most of us have never played with TV cameras around us and there were so many at the tournament. It makes you a little tense,” he said.

Despite the results, Brevis described the Under-19’s participation in this competition as a “big learning curve”, and estimated that if they were to play in the competition now, four months later, “there would be a big difference in the way we would be performing “. This could be because the team recently drew against the Under-19 West Indies and showed resilience to go deeper into the games. Or because Brevis himself is now used to playing above his station.

“It’s my dream to play for the Proteas but also to be seen as an all-rounder. I run the legpin and I want to work with that. And I also want to play in a T20 competition, especially the IPL. love IPL. My brother and I live for IPL “

Dewald Brevis

He was only 14 when he was picked for his school’s first team and it’s not just any school. This is the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies), whose best-known former pupil is de Villiers. “It was a great thing for me to play for the Affies first team because I was only in grade 9,” said Brevis. “Affies is a school full of traditions. When you walk along those red walls and see photos of all the top teams, and photos with people like AB and Faf du Plessis, and some of the other big names, it’s very inspiring. “

But Brevis managed to get more than just inspiration. From his fanboy time with de Villiers “at a restaurant in Pretoria called Culture Club where I asked him if we could take a picture together,” de Villiers has become a kind of mentor to Brevis. “During the lockdown, I contacted him and asked him for advice and he always took the time to respond to me,” Brevis said. “I like the way he explains cricket. It’s kept simple.”

The senior pro provided Brevis with advice on adjusting his approach, including “how to put your head in a better position when facing and keep both shoulders open”, but these are mostly “small technical adjustments”. The real gems come from the secrets of “developing a feeling for the game”.

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