Full name Richard Ernst Levi
Born January 14, 1988, Johannesburg
Current age 30 years 280 days
Major teams Cape Cobras, Mumbai Indians, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI, South Africa A, South Africa Academy, South Africa Under-19s, South Africa XI, Western Province
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|T20I debut||New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Feb 17, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v New Zealand at East London, Dec 23, 2012 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Border v Western Province at East London, Oct 26-28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Bristol, Sep 18-21, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Western Province v Boland at Cape Town, Jan 23, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Northamptonshire v Lancashire at Northampton, May 23, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Cape Cobras v Dolphins at Cape Town, Mar 26, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Leeds, Aug 3, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|30||Northants||v Gloucs||Bristol||18 Sep 2018||FC|
|25, 46||Northants||v Derbyshire||Northampton||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|2, 14||Northants||v Kent||Canterbury||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|11, 6*||Northants||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||29 Aug 2018||FC|
|41, 18||Northants||v Middlesex||Northampton||19 Aug 2018||FC|
|4||Northants||v Yorkshire||Leeds||3 Aug 2018||T20|
|2||Northants||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||2 Aug 2018||T20|
|39||Northants||v Worcs||Northampton||27 Jul 2018||T20|
|7, 29||Northants||v Derbyshire||Chesterfield||22 Jul 2018||FC|
|95*||Northants||v Bears||Birmingham||20 Jul 2018||T20|
Richard Levi calls himself on Twitter "Part-time fisherman. Full-time human being. Play the odd game of cricket." That sums up as well as anything the freewheeling approach to the game of a player ideally suited to the free-and-easy style of Twenty20 cricket. Particularly in South Africa he had his supporters and detractors who debated his destructive yet inconsistent career and bulky frame.
Levi, a student of the Cape Ivy League schools, represented South Africa in the Under-19 World Cup in 2006, and quickly developed a reputation as a fearsome striker of the new ball, especially in the shortest format. Two Twenty20s into his international career, no one was in doubt of his abilities. In February 2012, opening the innings in South Africa's chase of 174 against New Zealand, Levi plundered 13 sixes - a record - in an unbeaten 117 off 51 balls, at the time the highest score in a T20I. He reached his century off 45 balls, also setting a new record of its day for the fastest ton in Twenty20 internationals. Granted, the Seddon Park in Hamilton isn't the biggest ground, but several of Levi's strikes sailed well past the boundary, and would have been sixes in most arenas.
Hopes that Levi's success could provide South Africa with an exciting long-term replacement for Graeme Smith at the top of the order in the limited-overs formats soon foundered. His weight ballooned, his predominantly legside style did not suit everybody and he was deemed weak against spin: there was an uncultured feel about him, but his destructive qualities were evident.
The IPL, namely Mumbai Indians, came a calling in 2012 and later that year he played T20 for Somerset before beginning a lengthy association with Northants in 2013 and became a dangerous part of a cleverly-assembled side that won England's T20 tournament in 2013 and 2016 and were beaten finalists in 2015. He also found himself turning out in the Championship to help bolster a small and financially-challenged squad, although it did bring him the same pleasure. He signed a Kolpak deal as an English-qualified player in 2014, so ending his South Africa career, but continued to play for the Cobras in limited-overs cricket only in South Africa until 2018.
ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2012