Cornwall – at 140 kg –becomes the heaviest Test cricketer ever, going past Australia’s Warwick Armstrong who weighed 133-139 kg
Debutant Rahkeem Cornwall starred in both dismissals as India reached 72 for two at lunch on the opening day of the second and final Test of their series against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Friday.
Cornwall – at 140 kg –becomes the heaviest Test cricketer ever, going past Australia’s Warwick Armstrong who weighed 133-139 kg.
Having wasted no time in putting the tourists in on a green-tinged pitch after winning the toss in sweltering conditions, skipper Jason Holder brought himself into the attack after half-an-hour's play and removed India opener K.L. Rahul in his first over via a straightforward catch by Cornwall at first slip.
One of two newcomers to senior international cricket in the home side, the burly 26-year-old off-spinning all-rounder then enjoyed his first success with the ball when he extended top-order batsman Chesteshwar Pujara's run of low scores in the series, the batsman being caught by Shamarh Brooks at backward-point for six off a miscued cut in Cornwall's third over.
Cornwall replaced medium-pacer Miguel Cummins from the team thrashed by 318 runs inside four days in the first Test a week earlier in Antigua.
Shai Hope, who was drafted into wicketkeeping duties in that match due to injury to regular gloveman Shane Dowrich, failed a late fitness test on a damaged hand, allowing Jahmar Hamilton to become the first cricketer from the U.S. Virgin Islands to play at senior level for the West Indies.
India unsurprisingly retained the same team as they seek a clean sweep of all the completed international matches of this campaign and also a first-ever clean sweep of a Test series in the Caribbean.