'Having him as a mentor is special to me': Rising South Africa batter hails AB de Villers; says ‘he is one of the best’

The youngster who is viewed as a future star, however, wasn't selected in South Africa's T20 squad, which will play five matches against India next month.
Former South Africa player AB de Villiers with MS Dhoni(Getty Images/File)
Former South Africa player AB de Villiers with MS Dhoni(Getty Images/File)
Updated on May 22, 2022 05:07 PM IST
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Dewald Brevis had a decent outing in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as he accumulated 161 runs from 7 matches. The 19-year-old Mumbai Indians batter chipped in with a crucial 33-ball 37 against Delhi Capitals, as the former won the match by five wickets. (IPL 2022 full coverage)

Brevis rose to limelight in the U-19 World Cup won by India earlier this year. Playing the first match against Yash Dhull and co, Brevis went to score 65(99) in a losing cause. Continuing his stellar run in the tournament, the 19-year-old emerged as the leading run-scorer. He had then amassed 506 runs from six encounters, which included two hundreds and three fifties. Thrice he was dismissed in the 90s. 

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Brevis, who is popular among his teammates and fans as “Baby AB”, is a huge admirer of former South Africa batter AB de Villiers. And after the match against Delhi Capitals, the right-handed batter shared his thoughts on the Proteas great.   

"Yes look, you're always growing up idolising him, really watch him on TV or next to the field. Ya, I have met him before a few times, met him at my school, he also attended the same school. So, just to get to know him, he is such a great human being and to learn from him he gives more pieces of advice and he is really one of the best. Having him as a mentor is special to me," the 19-year-old said during his interaction with Tilak Verma after the MI vs DC clash. 

The youngster who is viewed as a future star, however, wasn't selected in South Africa's T20 squad, which will play five matches against India next month.

Apart from his rich exploits in the U-19 World Cup, Brevis had left a good impression by hammering four sixes in a row against Punjab Kings earlier in the season.

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