“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The foregoing quote befits young Evin Lewis who has been putting a lot of hard work into his cricket which continues to show in his performance on the cricket pitch.
He bears the last name of a former Jamaica and West Indies opening and dashing wicket-keeper batsman — Desmond Lewis.
However, except for the flashing batting style and opening batsman position, Evin bears no relationship to the man from Jamaica whom many believe was hard done by the West Indies selectors back in the days.
Evin Lewis is the younger of two brothers for his parents Earl and Dawn. He grew up in the Southeast town of Rio Claro in Trinidad and Tobago.
He announced his cricketing prowess with the bat in 2008 by scoring three consecutive centuries for Princes Town Senior Comprehensive in the PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League.
And by the end of the season, the talented and exciting opening left-handed batsman tallied close to 700 runs in the secondary schools competition, and captured the coveted “Cricketer of the Year” award for his achievements.
In the same year, he represented T&T in his debut match against Jamaica in the TCL Group West Indies Cricket Under-19 Challenge League.
By the time the dust was all settled in that drawn encounter, Lewis had piled on 140 runs not out. His inning included 12 fours and three sixes.
Moreover, he amassed a total of 383 runs, thus becoming the leading run-scorer for T&T by the end of the League Championship.
Later in the year, he was named as one of the five “Cricketers of the Year” of the South-East Zonal Council of the T&T Cricket Board, scoring 411 runs for Rio Sports in the Division One competitions.
Since then, Lewis has played in all formats of the domestic competition where he continues to impress with his batting.
In 2015, Lewis signed with the Barisal Bulls franchise for the inaugural season of the Bangladesh Premier League. In one match against the Dhaka Dynamites, he scored 101 not out from 65 balls, the tournament’s only century.
In March 2016, Lewis was added to the West Indies squad for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, replacing the injured Lendl Simmons.
He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut on 27 March 2016 against Afghanistan at Nagpur and though he did not do justice to his skill set, he has proven time and again that he has got the goods.
So far, except for T20Is, he has scored a century in every format of the game he has played to date.
There is no doubt that this 24-year-old lad has all that it takes to become the next batting sensation in the Caribbean and beyond.
Lewis — a batting talent from Godddddddd!
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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