Young South African superstar Dewald Brevis took the tournament by storm, scoring 506 runs in six innings at an average of 84.33 and taking seven wickets, winning the Player of the Tournament crown.
The brilliant Brevis showed his enormous ability from the start of the tournament with a beautiful 65 against India, accompanied by 2/43 of his useful counter-turn.
And the 18-year-old almost followed that up with a hat-trick of centuries, hitting 104 against Uganda before missing four one-ton points against Ireland and three points clear in the loss to England. .
Brevis’ only failure in the tournament was a disappointing six against Sri Lanka, but he ended his campaign on a high with an outstanding 138 against Bangladesh to lead his side to a successful pursuit in the seventh place play-off. .
The reasons for the comparisons between Brevis and AB de Villiers were clear from the moment he took the trick against India, with the player clearly modeling his style on the South African legend.
But there are worse players to emulate, and on the evidence of his performances in the Caribbean, Brevis has every chance of succeeding in the international game as well.
RECORD FIGURES FOR BREVIS
- 65 and 2/43 v India
- 104 and 2/18 against Uganda
- 96 and 0/13 against Ireland
- 97 and 2/40 against England
- 6 and 1/52 against Sri Lanka
- 138 and 0/34 against Bangladesh
WHAT THEY SAID
South African coach Shukri Conrad: “Dewald Brevis is a player who is on everyone’s lips. This is AB de Villers 2.0.
Natalie Germanos, ICC expert: “He was absolutely brilliant. I had heard a lot about his coming to the tournament and I had also seen him a little. We all know he looks like AB de Villiers, he plays like him, strokes the ball like him. He was brilliant throughout the tournament, whether it was with the ball, on the pitch, with the bat. He’s an absolute star, and for me – no pressure on the youngster – I really feel like he’s the future of South Africa.
ICC commentator Alan Wilkins: “It’s almost like he’s premeditating and saying ‘this bowler is going to leave’. He plays these bold shots, he has to touch, but he goes big on the court. He’s a tremendous force for South African cricket, and I think he’ll go all the way.
DEWALD BREVIS IN HIS OWN WORDS
“I think I was born with a passion for playing cricket and a love for the game, and I really want to make a difference with cricket,” Brevis told ICC.
“As a youngster my brother and I always played backyard cricket, he had such great ambition for the game too, there was a lot of passion, a lot of laughter, a lot of tears.
“My mother always told me to believe that I was going to do something in sport, and cricket is what I want to do, it’s what drives me.
“In my time, everyone knew AB de Villiers, he was a role model for me from an early age.
“Growing up, watching him at SuperSport Park for the first time live, on TV, I always liked the way he played, 360 degrees, taking on the bowlers, being aggressive.
“I had a lot of conversations with AB, it’s a special relationship, something that’s close to my heart and that I don’t talk about a lot, but he gave me advice and little things to improve my game. .
“I like a lot of shots, but if I had to choose, I think it would be to play straight or straight, but 360…I like to play 360!”