In 2011, he plundered the fastest century in South African one-day domestic cricket, thrashing his way to a ton off just 53 balls and finishing on 110 off 56 deliveries.
The Momentum One Day Cup match at the Wanderers on Saturday will be the season-opener for the Cape Cobras, a domestic powerhouse and winner of 10 titles the past seasons.
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Levi has endorsed the credentials of the Cobras ahead of the season-opener against the Lions, as the Cape champions were finalists the past four seasons and won or shared the trophy in three of the past four instalments of the domestic four-day showpiece.
“There isn’t much wrong. We are spoilt for choice with our attack, as we have fast bowlers, left-arm swing bowlers, seam bowlers, off-spinners and left-arm spinners.
“Stiaan van Zyl has proved his worth the past number of seasons (as number-three batsman) and he knows how to keep the scoreboard ticking. Omphile Ramela has come on in leaps and bounds as batsman,” he added.
One of the reasons for the sound and successful partnership with Andrew Puttick is the left-right-handed combination, as well as the fact that they accelerate by scoring to different parts of the ground.
Puttick also likes to score singles, which puts the belligerent Levi back on strike.
Asked if the Cobras need to address anything following their five-wicket defeat to The Unlimited Titans in the final of the Momentum One Day Cup competition last season, Levi said: “No, we did not lose the game. They won the final. There were two match winning contributions by Albie Morkel and Dean Elgar.
“In all the years I have been involved with the Cobras, it is about the second or third final we have lost,” Levi, who slammed 663 runs for Northamptonshire in their four-day competition this year, said.
Levi said sometimes the Wanderers are dry and a bit slow at the start of the season.
It is important to establish a partnership up front, as there are enough time to accelerate swiftly later on, he added.
Levi was full of praise for his Northamptonshire-colleague Rory Kleinveldt, who is set to be a spearhead for the Cape Cobras. “Rory bowled unbelievably well. In the one-day competition, he basically went for four and a half an over, which is amazing as he bowled in the power plays and at the end of the innings.
“He bowled more than twice the overs that the next best guy bowled. That is an indication of his value in the four-day competition.”