In 2012, he scored a century off 45 balls in only his second international game for South Africa. He slammed thirteen sixes off the New Zealand attack in that T20-international.
Levi is adamant that he is a better cricketer than the Cape Cobras-batsman that played in the Champions League Twenty20 (the last of his three Champions League competitions for the team in blue) two season ago.
Critics said he had a technical weakness against the spinners, but Levi disagrees. “I have the technique and the shots to deal with them,” he says.
“I think it was a case of clouded judgement,” he said about his performances against spinners a few seasons ago.
His game plan now is clearer and more mature, he states.
Levi is reasonably happy with his performances for Northamptonshire this season, which yielded 291 runs at an average of 48.5 in the one-day competition in England.
He was less convincing in the T20 Blast, as he made too many 20’s and 30’s and no real big scores as he would have wished, and averaged 23.58.
But Levi is a man capable of unsettling even the best bowling attack in the world as he is not simply brutal when the bowling is straight. He can also dismiss the bowlers when they stray wide of his crease, and can use the cut or the cover drive to the boundary ropes.
At the net practice on Thursday, the burly 26-year old right-hander looked in great nick.
In the next net, the regular number-3 batsman of the Nashua Cape Cobras, Stiaan van Zyl, spent a lengthy period in dealing with the throw-downs of Ryan Cook, a regular coach at Rondebosch Boys High who helped the players to acquire additional batting practice.
Levi said afterwards many observers don’t give the Cobras much of a chance because of the absence of the world-class Dale Steyn.
“But we were always without our international stars when we reached the final of the RAM SLAM T30 Challenge last season. Now we also have Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson to add to our already impressive squad,” he said.
Levi has had to endure a torrid time at the hands of Steyn when he made his debut for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. One delivery was a yorker at 153 kilometre per hour that shattered his stumps.
He is a more rounded player in 2014 that will lead the Cobras’ onslaught against the best teams in the world in the T20-format.
The Beast and The Bearded Wonder (Hashim Amla) up front could be a lethal combination for the Cobras, as they can get the ball rolling and flying in spectacular style at the Champions League.