Rahkeem Cornwall: The Heaviest Cricket to Play International Cricket
In the ongoing India-West Indies Test series, the second and final Test match is being played at Jamaica. The match which began on Friday, saw Rahkeem Cornwall make his debut in Test cricket debut for West Indies. He thus became the heaviest cricketer to play International Cricket. Rahkeem is often counted as one of the giants who have played International Cricket. 6.4 feet tall and weighed at 140 Kilograms, the 26-year-old all-rounder, Rahkeem has found a place for him in the West Indian set up for the first time despite being a regular performer in domestic cricket.
MEMORABLE DEBUT MATCH SO FAR
Rahkeem did not fail to impress in his first Test outing playing against the Indian team. He not only picked up a wicket but bagged two sharp catches in the field. The first wicket to which he contributed was the dismissal of KL Rahul. Rahul decided to slash a Jason Holder delivery outside the off-stump but only managed to edge it to the slip cordon where an alert Rahkeem pouched his catch. He then dismissed Chesteshwar Pujara for six runs of his own bowling and grabbed another catch to dismiss Mayank Agarwal who looked good for his 55.
KNOWN FOR HIS MASSIVE SIXES
The 26-year-old cricketer is a native of Antigua and plays domestic cricket for Antigua itself. Rahkeem often uses his height and weight to his advantage while batting. His 6ft 4 inches height added to his massive weight gives him the power like none other. It is his power alone which can send the ball out of the park for humongous sixes. He was noticed when he played a practice match against England and was called by many as the most powerful cricketer in the world.
WAS KEPT OUT OF THE TEAM BECAUSE OF HIS WEIGHT
Rahkeem was desperate to get into the West Indies national team and finally his wish seems to have come true. He has featured in as many as 55 first-class matches and scored 2224 runs and picked up 260 wickets. However, in the recent past Rahkeem’s weight fluctuated near the 150 Kilograms mark which was a barrier to West Indian team selection. The selection committee of the West Indian cricket team revealed that it is because Rahkeem is a proven match-winner at the domestic level that he is being given this opportunity. He is a match-winner. Those associated with the West Indian cricket board suggest that it is very difficult to find someone who can match or challenge his big-hitting ability.
It remains to be seen if he lives up to his reputation at the International level.