Dewald Brevis, a South African batter, said that participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) had given him a lot of valuable skills. The young prodigy remembered playing with players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, as well as some priceless guidance from KL Rahul.
In this year’s IPL mega auction, the Mumbai Indians paid 3 crores for Brevis. The right-handed hitter, known as “Baby AB,” excelled in the cash-rich league during a match against the Punjab Kings in Pune.
He hit four straight sixes against Rahul Chahar, scoring 49 from 25 deliveries despite the Mumbai Indians’ defeat.
Dewald Brevis Rates IPL As The Best T20 Tournament
Brevis told the Sunday Times that getting tips from the pros and sharing a dressing room with them had been quite helpful. The 19-year-old made a commitment to follow KL Rahul’s counsel to stay true to oneself, declaring:
“There is so much to learn and the info you get from those big players is invaluable. Sharing the dressing room and being on the field with those big players was really amazing.
During games and throughout the tournament, you spend time with the guys and there are little pieces of advice that you get. KL Rahul told me just to be true to myself and I will always remember that.”
“I loved every single moment at the IPL and CPL or wherever I played. There is so much that I have learned about my game and myself as a person and I can’t wait for what’s next.
The IPL is absolutely the best T20 competition you can think of. Meeting all those superheroes and legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli was cool.”
When he smashed 162 off 57 balls for the Titans in a CSA T20 Challenge match last month, Dewald Brevis made headlines. He also made a magnificent catch and used his leg spin to take a wicket.
Red-ball Cricket Is The Pinnacle: Dewald Brevis
Dewald Brevis has also stated that red-ball cricket is still his top priority and that he wants to dispel the myth that he is just good at limited-overs matches. In the longer editions of the game, he intends to participate as a middle-order participant, adding:
“Red-ball cricket is the pinnacle. People make the mistake of almost saying I am only a white-ball player because I have only played white-ball cricket. But people must also remember I haven’t had the opportunity to play red-ball cricket.
I am not even a year into my professional cricket, they must just give it time because definitely I want to play red-ball cricket and people must know it. The position I want to play red-ball cricket in would be at No 3 or 4.”
For IPL 2023, the Johannesburg-born player will play for Mumbai Indians. Another successful IPL season could give the young player his first break at the international level as South Africa looks to improve their T20 batting line-up.