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IPL desk in Mumbai 29 February 2012 - 06:55pm IST

Levi replaces Symonds in MI

SA batsman holds record for fastest T20I ton

MI Media Release

Mumbai Indians, the Champions League 2011 champions, today signed T20 sensation Richard Levi as a replacement for former Australian batsman Andrew Symonds, for the fifth edition of Indian Premier League 2012.

The 24-year-old powerful opener Richard Levi, who blasted himself into the record books with the fastest T20 international century last weekend– breaking previous records of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, will play in IPL for the first time donning MI’s colour.

Expressing eagerness to join the ranks of Captain Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, Levi said, “I am honoured to have Mumbai Indians management interest in my services. I have heard from friends around that Mumbai Indians is like an extended family where team shares a great bond and entrust upon youngsters. Beyond, Sachin Tendulkar has been my childhood hero and it would be exciting to share the dressing room with him.”

Richard Levi will be available full season for Mumbai Indians.

Commenting on Richard’s inclusion in the team, Mumbai Indians spokesperson said, “Richard is the perfect fits for Mumbai Indians current requirement. Post Andrew Symonds’s retirement announcement, we were on a lookout for an explosive opening batsman and Richard’s timing for his massive unbeaten 117 was so perfect to draw our attention.”

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