Levi paid R26 000 per run

2012-02-29 08:54

Cape Town - Who knew how much one walk to the crease could change a career, as Proteas opener Richard Levi stepped up to smash a cricketing world record into the stands?

Levi’s agent Arthur Turner confirmed on Monday the big hitter signed a contract to swing the willow for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in April and May this year.

He would not reveal the exact worth of the deal, but it is reported Levi would have earned around $400 000 (about R3 million) when he lays down a battle bruised bat in India.

Levi had the cricket world struggling for superlatives two weeks ago when he lashed 51 deliveries over the Hamilton boundary for 117 runs not out in a T20 clash against hosts New Zealand.

While he was left on the rack after the IPL player auction earlier this year, he had the Indians and the Pune Warriors on his trail this time around.

“Richard has been playing brilliant cricket for the Cobras the past two seasons, but he had to show his worth to the Proteas to get this chance,” Turner said.

The Indians won the big man’s signature and the reported R3 million they will be forking out for his powerful shots means every run he bashed in Hamilton was effectively worth around R26 000.

Levi’s deal sees him punching way above the weight of other SA cricketers in the IPL as Robin Peterson was closest to matching his mammoth deal after signing for the Kolkata Knight Riders for $100 000 on February 4.

India’s Ravindra Jadeja signed the biggest deal of that day when he penned a deal with the Chennai Super Kings for $2 million.


  • steyts - 2012-02-29 09:23

    Well done Levi!! You deserve it!!

      Thando - 2012-02-29 11:56

      Seems like the Indians appreciate our South African players more than our selectors do - look at Albie Morkel with the Chennai Super Kings

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-29 13:12

      ONE HIT WONDER................!

      Brent Petersen - 2012-02-29 14:02

      Its only the guys that obviously only heard of Levi now that thinks his a "one hit wonder".we have been following his career since he started with cobras know he can do that regularly maybe not hundreds in T20 all the time but quick fifties and the odd hundred. Its high risk cricket that's y big scores won't happen often

      AG.Mogotsi - 2012-02-29 16:26

      it all pays at some point..he is getting his payback..a quick indian buck won't hurt ;)

      Craig - 2012-02-29 16:48

      @FlowingRivers...keep flowing dude...Levi is a 117 hit probably wear pink!! lol

      Brent Petersen - 2012-02-29 16:54

      @flowingrivers say what u want it doesn't matter to him or to us as his fans what you think and plus Levi will be "one hit wondering" all the way to the bank! Lol

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-02-29 09:24

    Not a bad pay check !!!

  • Xoli - 2012-02-29 09:34

    You deserve every penny or in this case every Rupi...

      Gunner - 2012-02-29 13:02

      he is getting paid in dollars boeta

  • Andrew Luyanda Squeeza Jantjies - 2012-02-29 10:27

    well done Levi its been long due...

  • Brent Petersen - 2012-02-29 10:28

    Who ever wrote this article, I'm sorry to say it was a really dumb idea to put the R26000 per run thing in.what I thaught would happen Obviously did. People just read the headline and assumed that's what mumbai indians will pay Levi and now it all over twitter and the rest of the net. What the writer means is that what is 117 runs works out to if u devide the 3 mill that they paying him. Really dumb idea to put that in though cos the writer should know how the public reads these things and the message would be mistaken for something else. Ridiculas

      Jason - 2012-02-29 11:04

      If the public are dumb enough to take a title at face value then more the fool to them!

      Brent Petersen - 2012-02-29 11:23

      I do agree with that also but why headline the article "Levi paid R26000 per run" just by reading that alone what impression do you, whom I assume is an intelligent person, get?

      Ludwe - 2012-02-29 12:16

      really brent????do you have sand up your vagina too????

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-29 12:30

      Agree, really badly written! Sounds as though they already know how many runs he's going to score ... duh!

      Grant - 2012-02-29 12:43

      @ Brent: The dumb thing is not the income per run stat. The poor reporting comes in the "he lashed 51 deliveries over the Hamilton boundary for 117" part. If he hit 51 deliveries over the boundary, his score would have to be a MINIMUM of 204! He faced 51 deliveries, and scored 117 - he did NOT hit 51 deliveries over the boundary. Poor reporting...

      Brent Petersen - 2012-02-29 13:40

      Lol I agree grant and in the article about the last ODI they had AB 106 off 151 balls but he had 106 off 106 and faf du plessis score was right but ball was totaly off. I swear they have people that don't even watch cricket and understand it writing these articles. Ludwe go to a chatroom if u want to be childish

      Bhut' - 2012-02-29 13:54

      True indeed Bret.....

      Linda - 2012-02-29 14:50

      the only goal was to get as many people to read the article as possible, it's a common trick with the media

  • Tshiamo - 2012-02-29 10:53

    Just proves that hard work not BEE pays. All the best mate. Away from political interference!

  • Caroline - 2012-02-29 11:08

    Not bad for a start......... roer hulle Richard Ernest Levi, ons is trots op jou, as long as you are just available to play for us when needed.

  • PatPion - 2012-02-29 11:38

    Not bad for a couple of months' work!

  • Valentine - 2012-02-29 12:34

    what! that is crazy...well what comes as 1-2-3,take it as 1-2-3........well done richy!

  • Bhut' - 2012-02-29 13:34

    Very stupid headline and very misleading............ It is his 117 runs that earned him a R3,000,000 contract..... 3,000,000 divide by 117 is 26,000 (rounded off). This headline make it seem as like if he scores 500 runs in the tournament, he will get R13,000,000.

      Brent Petersen - 2012-02-29 13:45

      Exactly my point Bhut read previous comments I totally agree. Some ppl disagree though which I find shocking. When I first read the headline I thaught mumbai gonna pay him R26000 for every run scored in the tournament and that's the belief of thousands on twitter cos of this stupid article

  • monish.moorthy - 2012-02-29 13:52

    Robin Peterson was also picked up by Mumbai Indians btw

  • Brent Petersen - 2012-02-29 14:13

    Can't believe there are south africans that don't think levi deserves his contract. He always played with agression. Its high risk cricket so it won't come off more often than it will. He is not a "one hit wonder". He obviously won't score a hundred often but definately plenty quick fifties. And I think he'll have about 5- T20 hundreds at the end of his career

  • Keith - 2012-02-29 14:28

    Your gift is certainly your business.Appreciate your talent and glorify God for it.

  • Se-Anne - 2012-02-29 15:33

    I'm ditching journalism for cricket!

  • Andile - 2012-02-29 16:40

    Hope he wont start playing for the love of money...

      Rene - 2012-02-29 22:09

      Sport is his work, everyone gets paid, some just a bit more than others

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-03-01 14:57

    What a brilliant cricketer.. he deserve the best.

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