Caribbean Sports: West Indies Opener Makes ICC T20 Top 5

Evin Lewis of West Indies bats during the Hurricane Relief T20 match between the ICC World XI and West Indies at Lord's Cricket Ground on May 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

By NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 15, 2018: Attacking West Indies opener, Evin Lewis, has climbed into the top five positions of the ICC Twenty20 batting rankings.

In the latest rankings, the left-handed Lewis jumped one place to fifth on 753 ratings points. Lewis has emerged as one of the Windies’ most dependable players in the shortest format, following his debut two years ago. In his last three T20 International innings, he has slammed a hundred and two half-centuries.

The 26-year-old is the only Caribbean player in the top 20. Veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels was the next highest ranked batsman at 24th.

In the bowling rankings, leg-spinner Samuel Badree remained steady at number four, despite taking two wickets in his last four T20 Internationals.

The 37-year-old, once the top-rated T20 bowler, now sits behind number one Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Shadab Khan of Pakistan.

There was no such good fortune for champion off-spinner Sunil Narine, however. He slipped four places to 18th in the rankings. The 30-year-old is one of the world’s finest spinners in the shortest format but has not played for West Indies since the one-off T20 International against England last September.

He and Badree are the only two Windies players in the top 20, with captain Carlos Brathwaite coming in at the next best positioned at 26th.

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