Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) has been hit hardest by player withdrawals and injuries to their overseas players and has closed their replacement quota by adding Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas to the list for the second half of IPL 2021.
Rajasthan Royals were already without Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes due to injury, while Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone and others withdrew from the first half of IPL 2021 due to COVID concern and while Tye was replaced, there is doubt Livingstone’s availability for the UAE leg after sustaining an injury.
RR will also miss the services of opener goalkeeper Jos Buttler, who achieved a brilliant century in the Indian leg of IPL 2021. fourth Test match against India at the oval for the same reason.
Oshane Thomas and Evin Lewis join Rajasthan Royals for the second half of IPL 2021
Rajasthan Royals today announced the final set of their replacement players for the second half of the IPL 2021 which will be played in the UAE. The West Indies duo, Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas, will replace Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in the RR group respectively.
The 29-year-old Lewis made his debut for West Indies during their 2016 World T20 campaign in India, and has 1318 runs to his name in 45 T20Is, at a pass rate of 158. The flamboyant victim also scored 1847 runs for West scored India in 57 ODIs. He also played for the IPL for the Mumbai Indians team this season, scoring 430 runs in 16 games.
Thomas was in the RR team for the IPL 2019 and 2020, but was released before the IPL 2021 auction. The 24-year-old Oshane Thomas made his international debut in 2018 and received the West Indies Player of the Year award in 2019. The right-arm player has 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.
In IPL 2019, Thomas picked up five wickets in four games for the Royals.