Teenager Dewald Brevis starred as South African sides Titans and Knights set a new world record for the most runs scored in a Twenty20 cricket match.
The collective total of 501 beat the previous world record of 497, set in a New Zealand provincial game between Otago (249) and Central Districts (248) in 2016.
Opener Brevis hit a mammoth 162 off only 57 balls as he helped his Pretoria-based Titans franchise to a massive 271-3 before the Knights, from Bloemfontein, replied with 230-9.
Brevis, who has been nicknamed ‘Baby AB’ after former South Africa great AB de Villiers, smashed 13 fours and 13 sixes in his innings in the domestic T20 Challenge match in Potchefstroom.
The 19-year-old continued his spectacular upward career curve by registering the joint third-highest T20 score, behind legendary West Indies batter Chris Gayle (175 not out for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013) and Australia’s Aaron Finch (172 against Zimbabwe in 2018).
“I always believe that I’m ready,” said Brevis.
“I even believed so last season already. But I trust the people in charge. They’ll make the right decision. Whenever the time comes, I’ll be ready. It’s a very special day, it hasn’t sunk it yet. I’m just so grateful for the talent God gave me and being [able to] showcase it.”
Despite going into the domestic competition with high expectations, the national Under-19 skipper had flattered to deceive – in a very loose sense of the phrase – in making 57, a 40 and a 30, leading to some wondering whether he was consolidating or waiting to explode.
It duly proved the latter.
Asked whether he was becoming a bit anxious, Brevis smashed any doubts out of the park with a measured response.
“Those games are important too, it’s part of me learning my game. Everything works out like it should, so those games are part of developing and being me,” he said.
“I went out today just being Dewald, kept everything the same and used the opportunity to just play to my strengths. I took it ball by ball, staying in the moment. It was amazing.”
Ironically, all the excitement could’ve ended abruptly if another former Baby Protea prodigy, Raynard van Tonder, held on to the catch Brevis offered on 94.
“I always look to score, at that moment I was just doing what I felt was best for my team. [When the catch was dropped] I felt everything was meant to be. I was just grateful,” he said.
Is he paying much attention to the clamouring for him to be fast-tracked into the Proteas squad or is a domestic campaign with the Titans just as important for him to truly find his place in the greater scheme of things?
“What’s important is that this is a stepping stone. This is where I have to be. This where I have to play on my journey. I’m at the right place. You never know what can happen,” said Brevis.
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