Richard Levi

Country: South Africa
Born: January 14, 1988, Johannesburg
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Richard Levi Bio

Richard Ernst Levi, a talented cricketer hailing from South Africa, has made a name for himself as a powerful and destructive player in the world of Twenty20 cricket. Levi, who refers to himself as a “part-time fisherman” and a “full-time human being” on Twitter, embodies the carefree and uninhibited approach to the game that is perfectly suited for the fast-paced nature of the shortest format.

Born and raised in South Africa, Levi attended the prestigious Cape Ivy League schools, where he honed his cricketing skills. In 2006, he had the opportunity to represent his country in the Under-19 World Cup, where he quickly gained a formidable reputation as a fearsome striker of the new ball, particularly in Twenty20 matches. His immense talent was evident within the first couple of games, and it was clear that he had the potential to become a game-changer.

Levi’s breakthrough moment came in February 2012 when he was given the opportunity to open the innings for South Africa in a T20I against New Zealand. In an astonishing display of power hitting, Levi smashed a record-breaking 13 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 117 off just 51 balls. This knock not only established him as a force to be reckoned with but also set new records for the most sixes and the fastest century in T20Is at the time.

Despite his early success, Levi’s cricketing journey faced its fair share of challenges. His weight became a cause for concern, and his unorthodox, leg-side dominant style of play didn’t please everyone. Furthermore, he was often criticized for his vulnerability against spin bowling. Nevertheless, his ability to demolish bowling attacks with his brute force was undeniable, and he continued to be a destructive force whenever he stepped onto the field.

In 2012, Levi was snapped up by the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and his association with various teams continued over the years. He also had stints with Somerset in England and Northants where he became an integral part of a successful T20 side, helping them clinch the T20 tournament in 2013 and 2016, and reaching the finals in 2015.

Despite his foray into the English cricketing circuit, Levi remained committed to his South African roots and continued to represent the Cobras in limited-overs cricket until 2018. However, in 2014, he made the decision to sign a Kolpak deal as an English-qualified player, effectively ending his international career with South Africa.

Richard Ernst Levi’s cricketing journey has been characterized by both highs and lows. While his destructive style and inconsistency garnered both praise and criticism, it cannot be denied that he was a potent force in the world of Twenty20 cricket. His ability to clear boundaries with ease and his record-breaking innings will forever be etched in the annals of cricketing history. As a part-time fisherman and full-time human being, Richard Levi left an indelible mark on the game, capturing the imagination of fans around the world.

Richard Levi Career Stats

Richard Levi Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 13 13 2 236 117* 21.45 167 141.31 1 1 20 15 4 0
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 106 176 18 5722 168 36.21 8402 68.1 10 32 803 56 89 0
List A 147 138 6 4714 166 35.71 4547 103.67 8 30 - - 45 0
T20s 226 217 13 5606 117* 27.48 3892 144.03 3 35 585 265 60 0

Richard Levi Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 13 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 106 - - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 147 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s 226 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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