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Evin Lewis has taken international cricket by storm ever since he made his international debut in March last year.
The 25-year-old is an aggressive left-handed opener and has already been branded as the next Chris Gayle.
However, while Lewis has a long way to go before he achieves what the self-proclaimed Universe Boss has accomplished in his illustrious career, it is safe to say he has already made his presence felt on the international stage.
Still need more convincing that Lewis is the next Gayle? These five knocks are bound to do the trick.
5. 97 not out vs Barbados Tridents
In this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Lewis put on a show at the Kensington Oval in Barbados as he walloped a 32-ball 97 to lead the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a 10-wicket win over the Barbados Tridents. Lewis’ innings was breathtaking as he struck six boundaries and clubbed 11 sixes.
4. 148 vs Sri Lanka
In only his fourth ODI for the West Indies, Lewis established himself as a superstar as he smashed a sensational 148 against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo during an ODI tri-series. Lewis’ knock included 15 boundaries and four sixes, but it ended up going in vain as Sri Lanka escaped with a nail-biting one-run win.
3. 100 vs India
Playing in just his second Twenty20 International match, Lewis wreaked havoc on a strong India side as he hammered a superb 100 to guide his side to a thrilling one-run win. Lewis, who picked up the Man of the Match award, hit five boundaries and nine sixes during his entertaining innings.
2. 125 not out vs India
Fast forward a year later and Lewis tormented India once again, but only this time, it was in more brutal fashion as he slammed an unbeaten 125, which is currently his career-best score in Twenty20 Internationals. With six boundaries and 12 sixes to his name, Lewis led the West Indies to a nine-wicket win in the one-off Twenty20 International.
1. 176 vs England
On Wednesday, Lewis lit up The Oval in London as he tore England’s bowling attack apart during his incredible innings of 176 not out. The 25-year-old blasted 17 boundaries and seven sixes en route to his highest ODI score. However, his innings came to an end in unfortunate circumstances as he inside edged a delivery from Jake Ball onto his ankle and had to be stretchered off the field. It was later revealed that Lewis had been diagnosed a hairline fracture.
Feature written by Bimal Mirwani