Evin Lewis, West Indies batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Opener would look to make an impact on his comeback in England

Like his idol Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis hits the ball far and often. “I hit a lot of sixes, big sixes like him,” he said when asked why he picked Gayle as his mentor.

Garfield Robinson, May 07, 2019 12:23:17 IST

Like his idol Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis hits the ball far and often. “I hit a lot of sixes, big sixes like him,” he said when asked why he picked Gayle as his mentor. Him wanting to align himself to Gayle is understandable, as the big Jamaican is probably the most explosive batsmen the game has seen.

Windies' Evin Lewis in action against Netherlands. ICC

File image of Evin Lewis. ICC

Lewis’ relatively short career has featured a number of stunning innings. He scored a century in his second T20 game, the first of two the West Indies played against India in late August 2016 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. It was a rambunctious innings, with the batsman racing to 100 off just 49 deliveries with nine sixes and five fours, pushing the West Indies to a mammoth 245/6.

His second T20 century was equally Savage and, again, it was against India. His unbeaten 125 at Sabina Park in Jamaica in July 2017 thoroughly overpowered the Indians and allowed the West Indies to win with an over and a half to spare. They were chasing 190.

His best ODI knock was undoubtedly his 176 retired hurt at the Kennington Oval against England in 2017. That innings revealed that there was much more to his game than hitting the ball out of the ground. Watchful in the early stages, where he hardly lifted a ball from off the turf, the innings blossomed into one of glorious shot-making. When injury forced him from the crease he had struck 17 fours and seven sixes off 130 balls.

“Personal reasons” prompted his withdrawal from the limited overs squads to face India in October 2018, and not long ago the Trinidadian suffered from a bout of bad form. He now makes his appearance in the squad having last played an ODI in July 2018 against Bangladesh. He didn't have the best of times in the IPL with Mumbai Indians but will be looking to bounce back on the grand stage in England.

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Updated Date: May 07, 2019 12:23:17 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254