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Opening the batting for South Africa in only his second international outing, Richard Levi left an everlasting impression on T20 cricket. The 24-year-old Johannesburg native scored a match-winning knock of 117 not out in South Africa's chase of 174 against New Zealand, setting a new record for the fastest T20 100 (45 balls) and equalling the record for the highest individual score.
Levi started going after the Kiwi bowlers right from the get go, and scored runs all over the small Seddon Park ground in Hamilton, NZ. It took the dashing opener just 51 deliveries to equal the highest individual score in a T20 international. His entertaining innnings was laced with 5 boundaries and 13 huge sixes.
It is incredible how this youngster quickly adapted to foreign conditions and took the attack to the opposition. In doing so, he showed the poise of a veteran while batting like a carefree pinch-hitter. However, it must be noted that Levi hardly employed any unorthodox shots, and most of his big hits resulted from textbook drives and hooks!
He clearly showed his knack for picking the bad deliveries and playing on the opposition's weakness after quickly recognizing it! In the history of cricket, very few players have managed to pull off such audacious performances in their maiden international series.
For their part, the Black Caps tried their best to derail the Levi express. From Doug Bracewell's pace to Ronnie Hira's deceptive spin, everything proved futile against Levi's blade.
It clearly looks as though Richard Levi is the next big thing in South African (and world) cricket. And to think of it, there were no takers for him at this year's IPL auction--though that may change with the Pune Warriors now reportedly considering him.
So for making a big statement in his debut series and re-writing the T20 record books, Richard Levi is our undisputed sports hero of the week.
Here's a look at Levi's record-breaking knock:
-Picture courtesy Reuters-
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