Evin Lewis

Evin Lewis
Full name: Evin Earl Lewis
Born/Date of Birthday: 27 December 1991
Place of Birth: Rio Claro, Trinidad and Tobago
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Parents: Dawn Lewis, Earl Lewis

Batting: Left-handed
Bowling: Right-arm medium
Role: Opening batsman
International information
National side: West Indies (2016–present)
ODI debut (cap 174): 5 October 2016 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 17
T20I debut (cap 63): 27 March 2016 v Afghanistan
T20I shirt no. 17
Domestic team information
2012–present: Trinidad and Tobago
2014: T&T Red Steel
2015–present: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
2015: Barisal Bulls
2016–2017: Dhaka Dynamites
2018: Peshawar Zalmi
2018–2019: Mumbai Indians
2018-present: Comilla Victorians
2021: Rajasthan Royals

Evin Earl Lewis (born 27 December 1991) is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for the West Indies in limited-overs internationals. He plays as a left-handed opening batsman and, generally fast scoring, is the third batsman to score two Twenty20 International centuries. He is due to play for Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League, having previously appeared for Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the competition.

Lewis made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in March 2012. He had earlier represented the West Indies under-19s at the 2010 Under-19 World Cup. Lewis's senior debut for the West Indies came in March 2016, in a Twenty20 International against Afghanistan. His One Day International (ODI) debut came later in the year, against Pakistan.

Early career
Evin Lewis was born in Rio Claro, Trinidad. He represented the West Indies under-19s at the 2010 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, playing three matches. He had earlier represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2009–10 WICB President's Cup, the domestic limited-overs competition.

Domestic and T20 franchise career
Lewis made his first-class debut for Trinidad and Tobago in March 2012, in the 2011–12 Regional Four Day Competition. Later in the year, he represented the team in the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, playing a single match (against Sri Lankan team Uva Next).

At the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 in India, Lewis scored 211 runs from five innings, finished as his team's leading run-scorer (and fifth overall). His tournament included scores of 70 from 35 balls against the Titans (a South African team) and 62 from 46 balls in the semi-final against the Mumbai Indians. For the 2014 Caribbean Premier League, Lewis signed with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel franchise, and scored 321 runs from eight innings (the most for his team, and seventh overall). He switched to the new St Kitts and Nevis Patriots franchise for the 2015 edition, and scored the third-most runs for his team (behind Marlon Samuels and Martin Guptill). Later in 2015, Lewis signed with the Barisal Bulls franchise for the inaugural season of the Bangladesh Premier League. In one match against the Dhaka Dynamites, he scored 101 not out from 65 balls, the tournament's only century. Lewis later represented Dhaka Dynamites in the competition, scoreing another century in his short stint in the 2016 edition.

In the 2017 Caribbean Premier League, he opened the batting with his mentor Chris Gayle for an entire season at the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, a team which also included West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite.[better source needed]

He was selected to play for the Vancouver Knights in the players' draft for the inaugural 2018 edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.

He was named in the squad for the Comilla Victorians team following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. With Lewis in tow the Comilla Victorians went on to defeat the Dhaka Dynamites by 17 runs to claim the 2019 BPL title. During the 2019 Caribbean Premier League, Lewis was fined for an incident in the match between the Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, where he was involved in a heated exchange with bowler Ali Khan.

He was released by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2020 IPL auction. In July 2020, he was once again named in the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots squad for the 2020 Caribbean Premier League. Lewis eventually signed up with the Rajasthan Royals for the second half of the 2021 Indian Premier League. He also scored a century against the Trinbago Knight Riders to propel the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots toward the 2021 Caribbean Premier League semifinals. The Patriots together with Lewis went on to win their first CPL title, in defeating the St Lucia Kings by 3 wickets in the final.

In February 2022, he was bought by the Lucknow Super Giants in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.

International career
In March 2016, Lewis was added to the West Indies squad for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, replacing the injured Lendl Simmons. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut on 27 March 2016 against Afghanistan at Nagpur

In his very second T20I, Lewis scored a blistering century against India in the first match of the series in the USA. He scored the century off 48 balls, which was the second fastest by a West Indian, after Gayle, and sixth fastest overall. During his innings, he hit five sixes in five balls from an over bowled by Stuart Binny. He didn't manage a six from the final ball, but still made 32 runs(1 run made by a wide) from the over. The West Indies scored 245 runs and won by one run. The match set a new record for the most sixes in a T20I and Lewis won man-of-the-match.

He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for the West Indies against Pakistan on 5 October 2016. He scored his maiden ODI century of 148 against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe Tri-series. While wickets fell around him, he batted maturely and made some big shots when the opportunity came, the innings including 15 fours and 4 sixes. He couldn't carry the West Indies to victory in what would have been a record chase. Despite the success he found in Zimbabwe, he was unable to carry his form in the series against England, Pakistan and India.

He made his second T20I hundred on 9 July 2017 against India at Sabina Park. He smashed 125*, which is the highest score in a T20I chase, also becoming the third batsman to score two international T20 tons, after Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle. It was also the highest score by a West Indian batsman.

In February 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Lewis as one of the ten players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament. In June 2018, he was named the T20 International Cricketer of the Year at the annual Cricket West Indies' Awards.

In April 2019, he was named in the West Indies' squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In June 2021, during the series against South Africa, Lewis scored his 1,000th run in T20I cricket. In September 2021, Lewis was named in the West Indies' squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

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