Who is Rahkeem Cornwall, the 6’6” & 140kg Debutant in 2nd Test

Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose, Jason Holder – if you’re an avid cricket fan and you hear these names, you immediately think West Indies. Besides giving stand-out performances for the Caribbean nation over the years, these stalwarts have another thing in common – their height!

In the upcoming Test series against India, another name has been added to this list – Rahkeem Cornwall.

The 26-year-old spin bowling all-rounder earned his maiden Windies call-up for the two-match rubber, and is making his international debut in the second and final Test at Sabina Park starting 30 August.

West Indies’ Rahkeem Cornwall with former Pakistan cricketer Mushtaq Ahmed

The Fitness Issue

Cornwall first played first-class cricket in 2014 and has since picked up 260 wickets from 55 matches, including 17 fifers and two 10-wicket hauls. He has also scored a total of 2,224 runs at 24.43 including 1 hundred and 13 fifties.

But, at 6'6" and around 140 kilograms, the Antiguan all-rounder couldn't make it to the West Indies squad earlier due to fitness issues.

"Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the Test squad is merited at this time," said Robert Haynes, head of CWI's interim selection panel.

"“I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the last couple of months. I’ve always pushed myself. I feel I can go on and I think the on field results I’ve achieved have shown the progress I’m making.” " - Rahkeem Cornwall

The right-handed batsman first came to the limelight in 2017 – notching the lowest bowling average in his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) team and with his 61-ball 59 against a touring English side.

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Recent Performances

In 2018-19, Cornwall claimed 54 wickets in nine matches at an average of 17.68 to emerge as the leading wicket-taker. In international A-team cricket, most notably in the 2018, he clinched 19 wickets at an average of 18.42 during their 3-0 home series win versus England Lions.

In the recent series against the touring India A, Cornwall took nine wickets in six matches. Batting in the lower middle order, he scored a total of 123 runs and picked up four wickets in the two unofficial ‘Tests’ including two half-centuries.

"I believe the Test format suits my game because of the consistency a player needs over a long period of time to be successful, and I've enjoyed that challenge so far in my career playing first-class cricket," Cornwall had told the Cricket West Indies website ahead of ongoing series.

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