Evin Lewis is one of the most destructive batters that West Indies possess.
Hit the ground running
Evin Lewis made his debut in 2016 and sparkled in the 2016 T20 World Cup almost instantly.
He has already scored over 5000 runs from 192 T20 matches at an average of 30 and a strike rate of 145. If that is not good enough, in international T20 cricket, he strikes at 155 which is sensational.
As a result, he was roped in by Rajasthan Royals as a replacement for Jos Buttler in IPL 2021. Although he could not do anything extraordinary, he played a couple of very impressive knocks.
At 30 years of age, Evin Lewis is among the best white ball hitters in world cricket and can really make the bowlers pay on his day.
Here, Evin Lewis decodes his technique in T20 cricket.
“To be successful in T20 cricket, you need power but you need to use your mind too,” Lewis says. “You have to know the right time to take on a bowler and set up the game. You have to keep thinking all the time. Be positive even while defending. As a batter, I try and keep a still base and watch the ball onto the bat. Many of these guys have these ramps and scoops but I am not a fan of that.”
“Everyone has that expectation and keep saying if I am going to be the next Chris Gayle. We have to wait and see. Only time will tell. To be honest those are big shoes to fill. Chris is a supportive guy. When we bat together and if I am having a good game, he will just rotate strike. Many bowlers fear him but he will not get into the action if his partner is doing well. We share a good relationship and I keep learning from him.”
Miles to go
Evin Lewis is a predominantly leg side player and tries to club most of the deliveries, whether short or full length, through mid wicket.
As a result, he has the base of a baseball batter and tries to keep his best form and swing from there.
They say that the best years of a batter are around 26 to 28, but in T20 cricket, with athletes pushing their body till 40 and even beyond, perhaps at 27, Lewis is in the prime of his career.
The coming five years will define his legacy as a batter, both for West Indies and for T20 franchises across the world.