By Kushan Sarkar
New Delhi: Feb 24, 2012
South African opener Richard Levi, who grabbed the headlines hitting the fastest ever century in T20 internationals, in all likelihood will be playing for Mumbai Indians in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
Levi is likely to be taken as the replacement of former Australian batsman Andrew Symonds who had recently announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
If all goes well, the latest T20 sensation might be seen opening the innings for Mumbai Indians with Sachin Tendulkar.
After Levi smashed his way into record books scoring 51-ball 117 against New Zealand last Sunday, Pune Warriors were tipped as favourites to get his services after the 24-year-old was ignored by the franchises at the mini-auctions held on February 4. Levi's base price was US$ 50,000.
While it seemed that Pune would get his services, Symonds' retirement suddenly brought Mumbai Indians into the picture as they were now entitled to get a replacement of Symonds. Having weighed his options the 24-year-old from cape Town decided to don MI jersey for the coming season.
The T20 century in Hamilton certainly raised his stocks.
It is understood that Levi has been paid really well by the Mumbai Indians as his agent Arthur Turner had been quoted by a website few days back about franchises "making offers" for his client.(PTI)