Meet Rahkeem Cornwall: Cricket’s Man Mountain

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Who is Rahkeem Cornwall?

Not many people would guess that the 300 pound Rahkeem Cornwall is a cricketer, judging by his physique alone. However, Rahkeem Cornwall is a very talented spin-bowling all-rounder and one who is unlucky not to have played for the West Indies. West Indian fans have blamed island politics in the West Indies Cricket Board as the reason for his constant omission. The Antiguan star has been consistently prolific in all formats and has been exceptional in the Caribbean Premier League. Rahkeem has the nickname: “Cricket’s Man Mountain” because of his physique.

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Rahkeem Cornwall for the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI

Despite being a consistent performer in First- Class cricket, the world only took notice of Rahkeem Cornwall when he played for the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI against India. The India team were touring the Caribbean and took on the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI in a tour match, which ended in a draw. However, when the world was watching, Rahkeem Cornwall stepped up. He hit 41 in the first innings and then took a five-wicket haul with the ball. Some of his victims included Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. This propelled Rahkeem Cornwall to fame and people took notice of him because of his unusual physique.

Rahkeem Cornwall: West Indies- A

Since Rahkeem Cornwall has constantly been on the fringes of selection of the national team, he played a lot of cricket for the West Indies A team. Rahkeem Cornwall played for the West Indies A team during their tour of England and tri-series with the England Lions and the India A team. He did not have the most successful tour, struggling to pick up wickets. That said, Rahkeem Cornwall was rather economical and built up some pressure. The reason for his below-par performance can be blamed on the conditions. It is tough for an off-spinner to take wickets in England, as Cornwall found out. In the Caribbean, on the other hand, there is much greater assistance for the spinners.

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Rahkeem Cornwall: Caribbean Premier League

Rahkeem has been playing in the Caribbean Premier League since 2013. His best season in the tournament came in 2017, where he produced his best batting and bowling displays. In that tournament, Rahkeem Cornwall scored 142 runs at an average of over 35. This was his highest ever average in a CPL season. In addition to this, Rahkeem Cornwall took four wickets at an economy of sub-eight. That was his best economy in the tournament.

Rahkeem Cornwall: 2018 CPL

Cornwall is playing for the St. Lucia Stars in the 2018 CPL. The St. Lucia Stars have a terrible record in the Caribbean Premier League, as they went winless for the whole of the 2017 CPL. Rahkeem Cornwall has already made a huge impact in the 2018 CPL. He blasted 53 (29) in the third match of the tournament against the Trinbago Knight Riders. His innings contained five sixes and two fours. Cornwall then opened the bowling and picked up two key wickets, that of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn. His next few overs were very expensive, though, and ended up with figures of 4-0-52-2. The St. Lucia Stars lost that match, despite posting a sizeable total of 212/2.

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