MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are proven match-winners.© BCCI/IPL
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are proven match-winners.© BCCI/IPL

Dewald Brevis, in an exclusive chat, spoke about his experience in the IPL 2022 with Mumbai Indians who finished last in the group stage, and what it felt like meeting legends like RCB’s Virat Kohli and CSK’s MS Dhoni.

South African youngster Dewald Brevis was picked by Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction after his brilliant display in the 2022 Under-19 World Cup. The 19-year-old Dewald Brevis was bought by Mumbai Indians (MI) for INR 3 crore at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru.

Dewald Brevis Image courtesy: Mumbai Indians/Twitter
Dewald Brevis Image courtesy: Mumbai Indians/Twitter

Dewald Brevis Reckons IPL 2022 Was A Great Experience And He Felt Honoured To Be Part Of Mumbai Indians

In the IPL 2022, Dewald Brevis showed why he is so highly rated with some quickfire knocks. The 19-year-old scored 161 runs in seven matches at an impressive strike rate of 142.48, with the highest score of 49.

“The IPL was such a great experience. We all know it is the biggest T20 league in the world. The MI team atmosphere was amazing on and off the field. There was always lots of fun, laughter, and bonding between everyone in the MI family. It is such a great honour for me to be part of MI,” Dewald Brevis said.

“At first I was overwhelmed meeting the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. I learnt a lot by just listening and speaking to them,” he said.

He said that despite being picked in the IPL at such a young age and before he even made his international debut, he did not feel he was under pressure.

“For me as a player, I like playing under pressure. I did not feel any pressure going into the IPL. I am true to myself and my game. I stay in the moment and I cut all the noise around me. I am going out on the field to enjoy it,” he said.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

He mentioned that he had spoken to former Protea legend AB de Villiers, after whom he has been nicknamed ‘Baby AB’  after he got picked in the auction. During his illustrious time with Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB, AB de Villiers played 156 games in the IPL and scored an impressive 4,491 runs with the help of 2 centuries and 37 fifties. He was recently inducted into the RCB Hall of Fame.

“My relationship with AB is special and I don’t talk a lot about it. We had conversations after being picked in the auction,” he said.

He also said he got valuable advice over the course of the season from the likes of Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Kieron Pollard, and coach Mahela Jayawardene.

“It has been an honour spending time with these legends. They gave me small pieces of advice that helped to improve my game, especially on the mental side,” Brevis said.

For MI, it was a disappointing campaign, as they finished at the bottom of the points table. Mumbai Indians finished last in the IPL 2022 points table, with only four wins and as many as 10 defeats. The five-time champions were the first team to crash out of the playoffs race.

Dewald Brevis Thinks Mumbai Indians Made Him Feel Part Of The Family

Dewald Brevis himself was shifted in and out of the team. However, he said that the team was constantly focused on following the same processes and that the atmosphere was such that he felt welcome and comfortable at all times.

“We as a team stuck together and kept following the same processes by training and preparing the same way through the whole tournament. MI made me feel part of the family. I felt so welcome and comfortable in this team. I could be myself in front of everyone,” he said.

He also spoke about the funniest teammate in the franchise- Tilak Varma. Tilak Varma scored a total of 397 runs in the 14 IPL 2022 matches this season. He averaged 36.09 with a strike rate of 131.02.

“I really enjoyed spending time with everyone off the field. There is so much fun stuff to do off the field and in the team room. I really enjoyed spending time with Tilak (Varma) and over the past few months our friendship became stronger. And without a doubt Tilak is the funniest of all,” he said.

Tilak Varma
Tilak Varma (Image: Twitter)

Dewald Brevis also came up against the Indian team that won the 2022 U-19 World Cup. The team featured some impressive players like captain Yash Dhull and all-rounders Rajvardhan Hangargekar and Raj Bawa among others. Dewald Brevis noted Rajvardhan Hangargekar as one of them who has the talent to “go to the next level”.

“There was a bunch of great players in the India Under-19 team. Rajvardhan Hangargekar was one of the players that stood out for me with his all-round ability to bowl pace and his ball striking. I think he has the potential to go to the next level,” he said.

“He is also a great person and the two of us spent a lot of time off the field,” Brevis added.

Dewald Brevis didn’t get the opportunity to play all the games for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but the young batter did a good job in the games he got and impressed everyone in his debut season.

Overall, the 19-year-old played 7 games and smashed 161 runs at an average of 23.00 and an impressive strike rate of 142.47. He had also shown his power-hitting skills by smashing 113m six in the Indian Premier League 2022.