Rajasthan Royals announce Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas as replacement players
New Delhi, September 1, 2021
IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday said the West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas will be joining the squad as the final set of replacement players for the remainder of Indian Premier League 2021 to be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 19.
Lewis, 29, the left-handed opening batter from Trinidad and Tobago, will be a replacement for Jos Buttler. He had made his debut for the West Indies during their 2016 World T20 campaign in India, and has 1318 runs to his name in 45 T20Is, at a strike rate of 158. The flamboyant batter has also scored 1847 runs for West Indies in 57 ODIs.
His blistering performances for the national side also led him to being picked up by the Mumbai Indians in 2018, for whom he scored 430 runs in 16 matches across the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Jamaican right-arm pace bowler Oshane Thomas, who is currently playing for the Barbados Royals in the Caribbean Premier League, will be joining as a replacement for Ben Stokes in the Royals' set-up.
Thomas, 24, had made his international debut in 2018, having faced India in a bilateral ODI and T20I series. Since then the recipient of West Indies' Emerging Player of the Year Award in 2019 has picked up 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.
In the IPL, the fiery bowler had represented the Royals in 2019, picking up five wickets in four matches, and was with the franchise during the 2020 season in the UAE as well.