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Meet Rahkeem Cornwall – Cricket’s ‘Mountain Man’

If Rahkeem would make debut for West Indies, he will be the heaviest cricketer in the history of international cricket.

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Meet Rahkeem Cornwall - Cricket's 'Mountain Man'
Rahkeem Cornwall. Photo: Antigua Observer

Ever since West Indies groomed the cricketing fraternity with vibes of domination and magnitude of skills, they have never been in short of ‘characters’.

Meet Rahkeem Cornwall - Cricket's 'Mountain Man'

The real deals of the like of Sir Girfield Sobers, Michael Holding, Sir Curtly Ambrose to modern day’s Chris Gayle, the glamour and vigor of Calypso brand of cricket is as entertaining as ever.

These days, West Indies are hardly considered any threat to the opposition. Well, in any given day they could tear someone apart with new generation raw pace of Cottrell or by pinch hitting of Gayle or Russell, but it seldom happens now.

The declination of Caribbean cricket has become hard to restrict for the country’s authority although they put hard trials every now and then to revive the structure.

Meet Rahkeem Cornwall - Cricket's 'Mountain Man'

New faces have started to arrive in the scene, tick the one named Rahkeem Cornwall – the 26-year old hailed from Antigua who have been included in the 13-man squad for the forthcoming Test series against India.

Rahkeem is a rising all-round prospect for West Indies. Most remarkably, he is apparently the heaviest cricketer ever in the history of the sport.

He slants a towering height of 6’6” and weighs 140 kg. If he would make his debut for West Indies, Rahkeem Cornwall will undoubtedly be the most weighted cricketer to play international cricket ever.

Meet Rahkeem Cornwall - Cricket's 'Mountain Man'

The ‘mountain man’ is a big hitting all-rounder who has been showing impressive performance over the years in the Caribbean Premier League. It is reported that despite being an intensely talented performer, Rahkeem’s exceedingly weighted body structure hindered on his way to being selected for the national side.

Robert Haynes, head of interim selection panel, on Cornwall’s selection for the forthcoming India Tests, said they had high hopes from him,

“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,”

Haynes stated.

Meet Rahkeem Cornwall - Cricket's 'Mountain Man'

However now that the big man has made it to the national squad, the management seems clearly not too worried about his size. In 55 first-class matches, he has scored 2224 runs at an average of 24.43. He has also picked up 260 wickets with his off-spin at an impressive average of 23.60.

Rahkeem hauled 5- wickets 17 times in first class cricket including 2 10-wicket hauls.

He caught the attention of selectors during the tour game against India in 2017 when he troubled the Indian batting order taking five wickets which included Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

Meet Rahkeem Cornwall - Cricket's 'Mountain Man'

“We believe he can provide an attacking option to our bowling attack with his sharp turn and extra bounce. He can also lend a bit of depth to the batting, so we are looking forward to him coming into the squad and making a valuable contribution,” Haynes said.

Rahkeem Cornwall was part of West Indies A squad for the limited overs and Tests against India A in the recently concluded series.

Rahkeem picked up 4 wickets in 2 matches and hit two half-centuries as well against India A last month.

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