Levi wins ICC T20 award

2012-09-15 16:19

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday congratulated Richard Levi on his achievement in winning the T20 International Performance of the Year award at the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual awards function at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Levi won the award for his performance in equalling West Indian Chris Gayle’s record highest score of 117 during the tour of New Zealand earlier this year. In the process he made the fastest T20 International century of all time (45 balls) and also hit the most sixes ever in a T20 International innings (13).

“It was a phenomenal performance and one that is going to be talked about for years to come,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul.

“To win the award he had to beat off serious competition from the likes of Gayle and Sri Lanka’s Tillekeratne Dilshan.

“We congratulate him on his achievement and hope this augurs well for the ICC World Twenty20 which starts next week.”

Levi was the only Protea to be honoured with an award. Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander were both in the running for Test Player of the Year and Cricketer of the Year but in the end both these awards went to Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.


  • - 2012-09-15 16:29

    congratulations to Levi,but i don't understand why Amla didn't win the player of the year as he performed exceptional across all formats...they should change the ICC panel

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-15 17:34

      The judges will usually take the view that scoring 1000 runs in 20 innings is a better achievement that scoring 500 runs in 10 innings - even if the two feats equate to the same average. This is why Tendulkar, Dravid and JK are always so highly rated. It doesn't matter that their averages aren't necessarily that much better than other players, it's just the sheer bulk of runs they've accumulated over their long careers. Hash and Vern were doubtless let down again by the Proteas playing far fewer matches than most teams. Hash scored 878 Test runs to Sanga's 1444, 419 ODI runs to Sanga's 1457, and 62 T20 runs to Sanga's 90. Those numbers were bound to sway the final verdict. Sanga was the highest Test run-getter of the year and second only to Virat Kohli in ODI runs. That's pretty special whichever way you cut it. Still, it's a pity that Hash's great year wasn't awarded. The other sad thing is that the cut-off date was right in the middle of the Eng tour. So Hash's match-winning 120 at Lord's (Test) and 150 at Southampton (ODI) weren't considered for this year. But his 311 at the Oval won't be considered for next year. So his great tour has effectively been split over two years. Incidentally, Sanga also picked up the award for People's Choice. Kohli got ODI player of the year (surprise, surprise), Sunil Narine got Emerging Cricketer (surprise, surprise) and Dan Vettori won Spirit of Cricket. - 2012-09-15 18:23

      Amla performed every, whereas Kumar didn't perform that well when they were in SA, surely that has to count

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-15 19:39

      Did Hash perform everywhere? I'm not so sure. SA played three series during the assessment period: SL home, NZ away and a part of the Eng away series was also considered. Against SL, Hash had the third-highest run total in our team (behind AB and JK) and the seventh-highest average. Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir had higher batting averages than Hash against SL. And I'm not kidding, check the stats. Hash's average was only 34, which is below par for a number 3 batsman. In the same series, AB had an average of 117, Alviro 110 and Kallis 63. In the away series against NZ, Hash scored the fourth-highest runs in our team (fewer than Biff, Alviro and AB) and had the fourth-highest average in our team (behind Duminy, Biff and Rudolph). So in two of the three series he played during this period, he wasn't our top batsman. Not by a long way. Of course, he more than made up for it with his brilliant tour of England. But it would be an exaggeration to say that he performed everywhere and was consistently our best batsman this past year. He was only our best batsman in one of the three series we played. Yes, his England tour was fantastic - 482 runs in three Tests at an average of 120. But in three Tests against Pak, Sanga scored 490 runs at an average of 163. In the four-Test series against India, Michael Clarke scored 626 runs at an average of 125. So Hash isn't the only guy who had an outstanding series (average of over 100) this year.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-15 19:56

      Sorry, the Aus series was also considered during this year. Hash did well there. He was our highest run scorer although his average was slightly lower than Biff's. Nevertheless, it would be fair to say that he was our best batsman in that series. So he was our top guy in two of four series.

  • priyal.pillay - 2012-09-15 17:52

    Thanks for the essay Richard.... On every cricket article on news24

      adam.maither - 2012-09-16 21:11

      Barnes is Hash's biggest fan

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-09-15 18:10

    Amla not a lgend like Kallis yet....n - 2012-09-15 18:15

      we know that

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-15 21:41

    Levi= 1 hit wonder..

  • adam.maither - 2012-09-16 20:51

    Amla has been the top one day player acccording to ICC rankings from September 2010 even during the so called assessment period put forward by Barnes. Barnes look at the criteria for selection of top one day players. In every posting you try to subtly belittle Hash's achievements. Haters like you will always hate.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-16 23:55

      "Haters gonna hate", lol. I should try that. Every time someone criticises Faf or Levi or Morne Steyn or HM, I should jump in with "You're always trying to belittle them. Haters gonna hate, yo".

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-17 17:42

      The rankings are irrelevant, it's performances during the assessment period that count. Kohli got 1300 more runs than Hash, at an average 16 higher and a strike rate 8 higher. It was a no-brainer to give Kohli the award. Incidentally, the assessment period is not "so called" and it was not "put forward" by me. It is used every time by the ICC and the start and end dates are mentioned in their media releases. You don't even need to know anything about cricket to understand it. You just need to be able to read dates and know how to use a calendar.

  • UNITY - 2012-09-16 22:24

    Yeah, but will he ever play the0 form again? Or was it really a once off?

  • adam.maither - 2012-09-17 06:28

    Barnes check your postings and then comment.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-17 14:55

      Comment on what?

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