Mumbai Indians have signed Richard Levi as a replacement of former Australian batsman Andrew Symonds, for the fifth edition of Indian Premier League 2012.
Levi, who blasted himself into the record books with the fastest T20 international century last weekend– breaking previous records of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, will play in IPL for the first time.
Expressing eagerness to join the ranks of Captain Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, Levi said, “I am honoured to have Mumbai Indians management interest in my services.
“I have heard from friends that Mumbai Indians is like an extended family where the team shares a great bond and trusts youngsters.
“Sachin Tendulkar has been a childhood hero and it will be exciting to share the dressing room with him.”
Commenting on Richard’s inclusion in the team, Mumbai Indians spokesperson said, “Richard is the perfect fits for Mumbai Indians current requirement.
“Post Andrew Symonds’s retirement announcement, we were on a lookout for an explosive opening batsman and Richard’s timing for his massive unbeaten 117 was so perfect to draw our attention.”
Levi becomes available for the Mumbai franchise once he completes his commitments to the Nashua Mobile 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.