A ferocious hitter of the new ball, he gained international recognition when he smashed 13 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 117 off 51 balls for South Africa in his second T20 International for the Proteas at Seddon Park in Hamilton in 2012.
Levi continued his impressive limited-over form for the Nashua Cape Cobras in the Momentum One Day Cup competition in 2012/2013. The powerful opener scored 620 runs as he appeared at the summit of the log with an average of 56.36.
The belligerent right-hander could not display that form in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge for the Cobras and finished sixth on the Cape Cobras log with an average of 26.22.
Levi found it hard to command a regular top-order place in first-class matches for the domestic trendsetters, the Cape Cobras, in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In the final match of the 2012/2013-season, he scored 121 as the Cobras entrenched themselves as Sunfoil Series champions with a convincing win against the Chevrolet Knights.
Levi is particularly severe on anything remotely straight or on leg-side.
He can find leg-side boundaries at will with short-arm jabs over midwicket or square leg.
Not as prolific through extra cover or past mid-off, and more sedate against left-arm spin, Levi found the going tough in the Indian Premier League when signed by the Mumbai Indians in 2012.
Following a stress fracture that kept him out of the Momentum One Day Cup competition in 2013/2014, Levi was discarded after two failures in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
A time of reflection in the proverbial wilderness saw him hit back in spectacular style in the 2014/2015-competition.
Levi finished as the leading run-scorer in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
He scored 392 runs and showed the ability to bat in either third gear or fifth gear.
Four half-centuries on relatively slow surfaces, and an improved ability to negotiate spin in tricky conditions, were features of his play.
Levi added 140 for the opening wicket, a record opening partnership with Andrew Puttick off 97 balls against the Chevrolet Warriors on Friday 28thNovember.
The stocky player also adapted well to rotate the strike more regularly in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
He took a blinder at short extra-cover to remove Gerhardt Abrahams in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge final at Newlands.