Dewald Brevis says he wants to play all three formats for the Proteas.
The 19-year-old has starred in T2o cricket, most recently when he smashed 162 off 57 balls for the Titans in a T20 Challenge match against the Knights, but is yet to play first-class cricket.
He is currently in the Titans squad for the 4-Day Series.
“It has always been my dream to play for the Proteas and it will always be, but at the same time, it will be dangerous to think too much about the future,” Brevis told the Sunday Times.
“I am just going to be true to myself, to enjoy every single game and whenever opportunities come I will always be ready. My aim is to play all three formats for the Proteas; that’s my goal and that’s where I want to go.
“Red-ball cricket is the pinnacle,” he added. “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. I will really work for that and whenever the team needs me the most, I will definitely go into that position.”
Brevis starred for South Africa at the U19 World Cup at the start of the year before being bought for R6-million by the Mumbai Indians at the IPL auction. He also played in the CPL for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and will represent MI Cape Town in next year’s SA20 league.
“The past few months have absolutely been amazing and I am living my dream,” he said. “This is what I always wanted and I am grateful for all the opportunities I have received. 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.
“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. Whenever I play I will be true to myself and to my game.”