Windies vs India: Rahkeem Cornwall feeling great after Test call-up

Cornwall wants to perform and not disappoint his friends and family.

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Rahkeem Cornwall. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rahkeem Cornwall, the 26-year-old all-rounder, was recently called up for the Windies two-match Test series against India, starting Thursday, August 22. The hulk-like figure weighs a stunning 140 kgs and is set to become the heaviest international cricketer. Cornwall was recently a part of the West Indies A team that faced India A in the unofficial Test and One Day series.

Recently, Ricky Skerritt, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, mentioned that Rahkeem is currently focussing on losing his weight. He also lauded the cricketer, saying that he has been one of the most consistent players in the domestic circuit. In the meantime, Cornwall expressed delight on the national call up and said that he had been waiting to achieve it for a long time.

I believe the Test format suits my game, says Cornwall  

“The feeling on getting called up is great- it’s something I’ve been pushing to achieve for a long time,” Cornwall was quoted as saying in Cricket West Indies’ official website. Cornwall has 260 wickets and 2,224 runs in 55 first-class matches.

Cornwall feels that he is more suited to the longer format owing to the consistency that a player needs in red-ball cricket. “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,” he mentioned.

He made his first-class debut less than five years ago. Of late, he has been incredible for Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the West Indies Championship and the West Indies A team. Cornwall feels that he is prepared for the Test series after getting to play with Test-capped cricketers.

“A-Team preparation has been very good. England Lions and India A were two quality opposition teams featuring guys that played Test cricket. Overall it has been very challenging and it was a good place to test skills that I’ve been trying to perfect every year in our domestic competition,” he stated

“The feeling would be great if I were picked in the first test. I would just want to go out and perform and don’t disappoint my friends and family,” he added. The opening Test will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua followed by the one at the Sabina Park in Jamaica.

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