Tuesday night, Rajasthan Royals (RR) announced that they had moved in Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas for the remaining season of IPL 2021 as replacements for Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.
While Stokes has taken a breather from competitive cricket due to health issues, Archer is recovering from his elbow injury. Stokes announced his decision to take a breather in July, while Archer became aware of increasing discomfort in his elbow during games for Sussex in the Vitality Blast and a fifty-something friendly against Oxfordshire.
Lewis, a left-handed opening batter from Trinidad and Tobago, was picked up by Mumbai Indians (MI) during the 2018 auction. He scored 430 runs in 16 matches during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but was released from the MI group before the auction in 2020.
OT in the chat. 😉
– Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 31 August 2021
On the other hand, Thomas represents the Royals in IPL 2019, taking five wickets in four matches, and was also with the franchise in the UAE during the 2020 season.
Royals earlier announced the South African leg spinner and the world’s first T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi as a replacement for the Australian pacemaker Andrew Tye while wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips was brought in for Jos Buttler, who decided to skip the tournament to be with his pregnant wife.
Royals are fifth in the IPL 2021 points table, with three wins from seven games.