Enterprising West Indies opener Even Lewis says that backing his ability was key in him scoring his second Twenty20 International century against India in their one-off clash at Sabina Park yesterday.The Trinidadian, who had a below-par one-day international series against the touring Indians in recent weeks, hit a shot-filled, unbeaten 125, which propelled the West Indies to an impressive nine-wicket win.India first posted 190 for 6, and led by Man-of-the-Match Lewis, Marlon Samuels, who made 36 not out, and Chris Gayle, 18, the West Indies racked up 194 for one.
“I played in the matches in the one-day series and did not come off as well as I would have liked, but I continued to back my ability, and today, I came up trumps.India is a team with quality bowlers, and when you can get a hundred against a team like India, it’s a good hundred. I am thankful for it,” he added.Having made scores of 21, two, 35 and nine during the one-days, the 25-year-old entered the contest with question marks over his form and ability, with some questioning whether his maiden century was a fluke.However, in dispatching all the Indian bowlers to various sections of the ground, including several straight sixes, Lewis showed why he is rated as one the region’s promising young batsman.
Lewis now has an average of 34.75 from 13 Twenty20 Internationals, including two centuries and a half-century. His one-day international record, in the meantime, reads 19 matches, one century, and an average of 26.47. He is yet to make his Test debut.
Evin Lewis chalked many accolades following West Indies victory in the one off T 20 against India.
- Highest score by a West Indies batsman in T 20s
- Highest T 20 International score by a batsman in a chase
- Became only the third player in T 20 international history to score two centuries after Chris Gayle and Brendon Mc Cullum
- Scored the most number of sixes – 12 in an innings against India in T 20 internationals