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IPL 2021 – Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas to replace Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at Rajasthan Royals

IPL 2021 - Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas to replace Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at Rajasthan Royals

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With Archer also out of the second leg of IPL 2021, the franchise will be without three of their England stars

The Rajasthan Royals have signed West Indies opening batter Evin Lewis and fast bowler Oshane Thomas as replacements for Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, for the second leg of IPL 2021, which will run from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE and Oman.
Lewis is West Indies’ fifth-highest run-getter in T20Is, with 1318 runs, including 103 sixes. Only Chris Gayle (121) has hit more sixes for West Indies in T20I cricket. Lewis is currently part of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the ongoing CPL 2021 at Warner Park, where he has started the tournament with scores of 6,62 and 30.

This will be Lewis’ first stint with the Royals and second overall in the IPL, having been part of the Mumbai Indians squad in 2018 and 2019.

For Thomas, this will be his second stint with the Royals in the IPL; he played four games for the franchise in 2019, taking five wickets at an economy rate of 7.90. Thomas will be the second player from the Barbados Royals in the CPL to join the Rajasthan Royals for the second chunk of IPL. Earlier this month, New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips was lined up as a replacement for Jofra Archer.

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