Tendulkar's presence made things easier: Levi

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Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 17:38 [IST]
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Levi shines in Sachin's company

Chennai, Apr 5: Mumbai Indians' explosive batsman Richard Levi has heaped praise on Sachin Tendulkar, saying the master blaster was very calm during his blazing innings against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener on Wednesday.

Levi came into limelight after hitting the fastest hundred in a T20 international for South Africa against New Zealand earlier this year. Proteas' explosive batsman blazed to a half century off just 35 balls on Wednesday to guide Mumbai Indians to an easy eight wicket win against Chennai.

He further added saying Tendulkar's presence on the other end, made things easier for him as he played with ease.

"It was fantastic batting with him. He was such a calming figure out there and so easy to talk to," said Levi.

The duo shared a 69-run stand for the first wicket, before a Doug Bollinger delivery hit Tendulkar on his gloves which forced him to retire hurt while he was on 16.

He also said that Sachin will be fine soon, as the injury wasn't very serious.

"Sachin should be fine soon. There was some bleeding in his fingers. He will be going for a scan but it should be okay."

While there are a few reports on the pitch that was on offer at the M A Chidambaram stadium for the opening match of the tournament which was unpredictable as Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh and Chennai Super Kings' head coach Stephen Fleming have commented on the pitch, Levi said, "It (the ball) came on nicely on to the bat. One or two bounced a lot though."


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