New Delhi, Feb 23: South Africa's new batting sensation Richard Levi is set to join the Indian Premier League (IPL) as teams battle it out to sign up the world record man.
Levi set the world alight with his world record century against New Zealand a few days ago in Hamilton. He clubbed 13 sixes, a world record in Twenty20 Internationals on to way to another world record of 45-ball century. He ended unbeaten on 117 off 51 balls on Sunday.
The 24-year-old had gone unsold during the February 4, 2012, IPL 5 auction in Bangalore. But, after that sensational knock, he is IPL's hot property.
It is learnt that Pune Warriors are chasing Levi. After the Pune owners, Sahara, sorted out their differences with Board of Control for Cricket in India, (BCCI) they are continuing in IPL.
Levi's base price in the auction was $50,000 but now it has gone up to $400,000 with Mumbai Indians also in the fray to pick Levi.
Levi's performance was witnessed by a sold out crowd at Seddon Park ground in Hamilton.
"It was good fun, every shot I played came off, which was quite nice and I just kept myself nice and calm and collected and kept going," he had said after that innings.
His 117-run knock also equalled the highest ever score by a batsman in a T20 international, matching the mark set by Chris Gayle of the West Indies against South Africa in 2007 during the World Twenty20 Championship.
Levi's breathtaking knock has certainly left IPL teams joining in for a bidding war. Who will get him?