He is an all-rounder from the islands of Antigua and is perhaps the heaviest cricketer ever. He reaches a towering height of 6’6” and weighs around 140 kg and this is too much weight.
West Indies have added all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall to their Test squad to compete against India. Cornwall is doing all the right things and this callup is a great reward for its regular performance.
The 26-year-old caught the focus of the cricketing world when he shocked against the Indian team in the 2017 Tournament. He is an all-rounder from the islands of Antigua and is probably the heaviest cricketer ever in cricket history. He reaches at 6’6 and weighs 140kg (if he performs for WI, he will be the heaviest cricketer to ever play international cricket).
Despite his familiarity and ability, there were concerns about his weight and people were convinced that he might not succeed in major international cricket due to his massive physicality. Last year, the local administration said they were doing everything they could to get into Cornwall. Courtney Brown, then chairman of Selectors, admitted that he had set up a program to support him lose pounds.
The former test player told a local radio station, “We are actually setting up a program for Raheem where we actually have someone to manage it.”
However, not that the big man has made it to the cricket team, the administration is clearly not too concerned about its size. In 55 first-class matches, he has scored 2224 runs at an average of 24.43. With the ball, they took 260 wickets at an awesome average of 23.60. During the tour game against the Indian team in 2017, he confused the great Indian batting order as he took five wickets, including central players Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
The upcoming Test Series will be a test for the youngster, both in his abilities and fitness as the Indian team, which is ranked first in the world, will certainly look to put pressure on it.
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