Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) were hit the most by withdrawals of players and injuries to their overseas players and have closed their replacement quota by adding Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas to their roster for the second half of IPL 2021.
Rajasthan Royals were already without the likes of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes due to injury, while Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, and others pulled out of the first half of IPL 2021 due to COVID concerns and while Tye has been replaced, there is doubt on Livingstone’s availability for the UAE leg after he suffered an injury.
RR will also miss the services of opener-keeper Jos Buttler, who scored a brilliant century in the India leg of IPL 2021. Buttler has opted out of the second half of IPL 2021 for the birth of his second child, and will also miss the fourth Test match against India at the Oval for the same reason.
Oshane Thomas And Evin Lewis To 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. West Indies duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas will replace Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer respectively in the RR franchise squad.
29-year-old Lewis had 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 strike rate of 158. The flamboyant batter has also scored 1847 runs for West Indies in 57 ODIs. He has also turned out for the Mumbai Indians team for two seasons of the IPL, scoring 430 runs in 16 matches.
Thomas was in the RR team for the IPL 2019 and 2020 but was released ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. 24-year-old Oshane Thomas had made his international debut in 2018 and received the West Indies’ Emerging Player of the Year Award in 2019. The right-arm pacer has 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.
Thomas had picked five wickets in four matches for the Royals in IPL 2019.