Mumbai12 hours agoAuthor: Kumar Ritvij
An 18 year old boy wanted to live life freely. He used to dream that the pictures of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Virat Kohli hanging on the wall of his house, someday they too would know him. He used to watch IPL sitting at home in South Africa and today crores of people are eager to see him on TV in IPL.
Dewald Brevis, i.e. Junior AB de Villiers, this name no longer needs any identity in world cricket. The batsman who has the longest six of 112 meters in this IPL season, today is his 19th birthday. In IPL 2022, Brevis’ bat is running at a strike rate of 155.
Agreed with de Villiers, the number was taken
Once AB de Villiers came to Dewald’s school. As soon as it was found out, Junior Abby ran to meet his idol. De Villiers opened the box of cricket stories and Brevis went on listening to every story with his friend. In those stories, he was dreaming of his coming future. Finally, when it came time to leave, Dewald courageously asked de Villiers for his number.
AB also did not disappoint the boy and gave his number. Seeing Brevis’ passion for cricket, de Villiers decided to teach him the tricks of cricket. The two had several net sessions together, which helped Brevis to improve himself. Even de Villiers used to go to the young player’s house and practice with him. While playing cricket, de Villiers became the mentor of Junior AB.
In terms of earnings, the giants beat
You will be surprised to know that Devald Brevis’ weekly earnings playing for MI is 5 times more than Graeme Smith, who has played 117 Test matches, 197 ODI matches and 33 International T20 matches. This comparison is made when Smith was the Director of Cricket of the South African Board. Forget the national team, Brevis hasn’t played a single first-class match till date.
Before the start of the IPL season, Brevis played only 8 T20 matches in his career, in which he had 204 runs and 5 wickets to his name. Meanwhile, there was a growing buzz in the cricket world that a youngster playing shots around the field like AB de Villiers would play for South Africa in the U-19 World Cup. When the eyes of the world are on you, some people shine and some fall apart.
This boy broke the record of most 505 runs in a single World Cup by Shikhar Dhawan in the 2004 U-19 World Cup. 506 runs were scored in this competition from the bat of Brevis. At the same time it was decided that a huge amount would be at stake for him in the IPL. Mumbai bought the player with a base price of 20 lakhs for Rs 3 crore.
De Villiers’ style was shown against Rahul Chahar
In the 23rd match of IPL 2022, Devald Brevis, popularly known as Junior AB, hit a four and then four consecutive sixes in five balls of Rahul Chahar. After the over, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma came to the ground and hugged Junior AB. Brevis played a blistering innings of 49 runs in 25 balls in the match. During this he batted at a strike rate of 196.
Seeing every shot of Brevis, the name of AB de Villiers was coming on the lips of the fans. Rahul Chahar using his experience, apart from bowling away from the batsman, also tried to beat the ball at a fast pace, but his every move failed. During this wonderful innings, the whole stadium reverberated with the noise of AB-AB. Now no one cared whether it was AB Junior or Senior. For him it was as if his evergreen AB had returned.