Evis Lewis pulls out of limited-overs leg of India tour

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Evin Lewis, devourer of the Indian bowling

The opener Evin Lewis has retired from the limited part of the tour of the West Indies through India, for personal reasons . Kieran Powell will replace him in the ODI team, while Nicholas Pooran, who played for the last time for the West Indies in 2016, will take his place in the T20I team.

The absence of Lewis is a big blow to the ODI lineup that does not include Chris Gayle or Andre Russell. Gayle, who is currently playing in the Afghanistan Premier League and will join the T10 league after that, was not available for the India and Bangladesh touring selections. Russell was chosen for the T20I but not for the ODI because "he has been ruled out cricket over 50 years due to an injury."

Lewis had rejected a white-ball contract he was offered earlier this month, before being named in the ODI and T20I squads for the India tour. Powell's record in ODI, meanwhile, is not encouraging: he has 901 runs in 38 innings with an average of 23.71 and a strike rate of 78.27.

The fast left arm Obed McCoy, who found a place in the T20I squadron, has now also been added to the ODI squad, as a cover for Alzarri Joseph, who "remains under observation for his return to full fitness" according to a launch of Cricket West Indies. Joseph continues to recover from a stress fracture in his back that he suffered late last year.

The variety of McCoy's left arm and the slower cutters stood out even when the rest of the St. Lucia's Stars faded into the CPL earlier this year. He played only seven games for the stars, but ended up as his best salaryman, with nine windows at an economic rate of 7.8.

Pooran, the replacement of Lewis in the T20I team, also had a productive CPL 2018. He had scored 267 runs in 10 innings for the Barbados Tridents with an average of 33.37 and a strike rate of 144.32.

The limited series begins with the first ODI in Guwahati on October 21.

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source:- espncricinfo.com

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