Levi snapped up by Mumbai

2012-02-27 12:19

Cape Town - Richard Levi has signed a one-year deal to play for the Mumbai Indians in the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League. His contract was confirmed on Monday by his agent, Arthur Turner.

An excited Levi said he was delighted to join Mumbai Indians because he would have the opportunity to play alongside his hero, Sachin Tendulkar.

“I have heard from friends that Mumbai Indians is like an extended family where the team shares a great bond and trusts youngsters,” he said. “Sachin Tendulkar has been a childhood hero and it will be exciting to share the dressing room with him.”

Levi becomes available for the Mumbai franchise once he completes his commitments to the Cape Cobras in the MiWay T20 Challenge.

His next commitment for the Proteas is only likely to be in June when the national squad travels to Zimbabwe for a five-match series.

Levi was overlooked at the recent IPL auction but his profile has increased dramatically when he hit a world record 13 sixes and also made the fastest T20 International century of all time (51 balls) for the Proteas on their current tour of New Zealand.

He has also shown outstanding form for the Cobras in both domestic T20 an 50 overs cricket during the past two seasons.


  • Lionel - 2012-02-27 12:23

    A national contract should also be on the cards shortly!!!!!!!!!!

      steyts - 2012-02-27 12:30

      Let's hope so

      Sedick - 2012-02-27 13:03

      Cautious Hudson is still thinking about it......wants Levi to first get more experience....maybe when Smith retires, and Levis is 35....

      Alan - 2012-02-27 13:36

      Whahaa Sedick.... funny ,,, but true! If it is left to Biff to decide, he will never retire. He is our One-Hit Wonder!!!! One Hit, and he is out.

      Andre Ernstzen - 2012-02-27 13:41

      Would love to know what Mumbai paid for Levi's services...

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 13:46

      Andre,If I am not mistaken I think I heard $300 000.

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-02-27 13:54

      US$400 000

      Priyal - 2012-02-27 14:03

      Keen to see more of him on the international stage. Should have kept him in NZ, what's the harm? Play him in the final dead rubber if needs be (after we seal the series on Wednesday)

      andre.ernstzen - 2012-02-27 15:20

      Thanks Lionel. And how did Mumbai manage to acquire Levi, apparently all the IPL franchises were after him. Was it a auction, highest bidder scenario?

      steyts - 2012-02-27 22:28

      According to a report on eNEWS early last week the bid for him went up to something in the US$400 000...

      Clive - 2012-02-28 07:05

      @Alan. One hit and he is out you say. Must be one moer of a hit to score about 50 off of it. (his average +/-)?

  • Kurt - 2012-02-27 13:02

    Good man... smith is gonna be replaced soon by this bloke!!

      Gunner - 2012-02-28 12:51

      Levi has failed in his last 3 T20 games....absolute shocker MI....first it was Jacobs and now this one hit wonder

  • Phillip Boshoff - 2012-02-27 13:07

    His hundred came off 45 balls

      Selma - 2012-02-27 13:38

      SSSSHHHHHHHHHHH Don't hurt Smith's feelings.

      steyts - 2012-02-27 22:29

      These reporters are useless!!!

  • Dawood - 2012-02-27 13:22

    send him back to NZ immediately..He needs to be in the side for both the shorter formats of the game..and get rid of the convener ASAP..

  • Jason - 2012-02-27 13:37

    I think people missing the point here, 2 things one the one-day squad was already selected. The 2nd is Levi's name is already on the next one-day tours list so relax.. Anyway as much as I enjoy watching him bat the reality is he won't last long he is very inconsistent as one who plays as aggressive as he does will be. I'm predicting he will probably be another Bosman. Smith unless he scores some runs in the next two games will be replaced by Elgar top order batsman with a better record in 50 over cricket than Levi. 20/20 cricket is this man's game.

      Wesley - 2012-02-27 14:40

      the 50 over game is changing fast! all sorts of batsman are needed! and i cant believe u just compared him to Bosman! who is 11 years his senior and cant match Levi's average in either format!

      Jason - 2012-02-27 15:04

      Wesley bosman was an example of where I think he will be.. The stats show that on his day he can be brilliant but more often than not he doesn't score enough, in 2020 its ok for a quick 20/30 and maybe more if its his day. But really unless they convert him into a lower batsman in longer version to come in "A.Morkel" batting role don't see him making it. If I'm wrong it would be great but he isn't the first smasher to explode onto the international stage... and they seldom survive Warner, Sehwag, Afridi are three I think of and Warner and Sehwag are very inconsistent and Afridi ended up down the order and he is more a bowler these days that a batsman.

  • jpcronje - 2012-02-27 14:12

    Anyone knows maybe for how much $$?

  • Jay - 2012-02-27 15:17

    Please, NEWS 24, the most important point of the story? HOW MUCH did Mumbai Indians Offer Richard Levi?

  • Oz - 2012-02-27 15:18

    A one year deal? I thought all IPL contracts had to align to their stupid 3 year cycle, meaning that contract awarded now had to be for the next 2 years as the current cycle started in 2011.

  • Frank - 2012-02-27 18:44

    Well done Richard Levi. Time this bunch of so called selecters woke up though

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