IPL: 3 Players who can replace Evin Lewis in Mumbai Indians squad

IPL: 3 Players who can replace Evin Lewis in Mumbai Indians squad

Lewis, who had joined the side before IPL 2018 for a sum of 3.8 Crores, had a great debut season as he scored 382 runs in 13 games.

Evin Lewis
Mumbai Indians’ Evin Lewis in action. (Photo by IANS)

As the trade window is nearing to an end, Mumbai Indians have released their opener Evin Lewis from their squad. The Mumbai-based franchise has acquired the services of Dhawal Kulkarni from Rajasthan Royals. Mumbai have certainly bolstered their bowling line-up after snapping up Trent Boult and Dhawal Kulkarni. However, Mumbai need to strengthen their batting force too.

Mumbai Indians will now have to fill the void left by Lewis in the upcoming IPL 2020 auction. Lewis, who had joined the side before IPL 2018 for a sum of 3.8 Crores, had a great debut season as he scored 382 runs in 13 games.

However, he failed to cement his place in the squad as Mumbai Indians acquired the services of Quinton de Kock and assigned him the role to open the innings along with skipper Rohit Sharma. Lewis just got three chances in IPL 2019 and was always in line to be released. Mumbai Indians, who have a large pool of players, also have the likes of Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare and Siddesh Lad to open the innings.

As the IPL 2020 auction is not much far away, here are the three players who fill the void of Evin Lewis:

1. Jason Roy

Jason Roy of England IPL 2020
Jason Roy of England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Jason Roy is expected to garner a lot of attention in the IPL auction due to his impressive batting performances in 2019. Mumbai Indians will be keeping an eye on the hard-hitting batsman, who has the ability to open the innings and finish the match in the slog overs too. Roy, along with Alex Hales has established himself as a vital cog of the English top-order batting attack.

Roy represented Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in 2017 and 2018 respectively. However, the right-hander decided to pull out of the tournament in the following season due to World Cup preparations. After their successful World Cup campaign, Roy, along with many other English players will be hot-favourite in the IPL 2020 auction.

Roy started off his World Cup 2019 campaign with a quick-fire fifty against South Africa and an impressive 153-run knock against Bangladesh. Unfortunately, Roy tore his left hamstring and missed out on three games. However, Roy bounced back on the scene with a 56-ball 66 against a formidable Indian bowling line-up. Mumbai Indians could utilise Roy as an opener either with De Kock or Rohit Sharma. Otherwise, Roy can be pushed down at Number three or four as well.