Last Update on: August 31st, 2019 at 11:49 am
The giant looking Rahkeem Cornwall made his Test debut against India in the second Test at the Sabina Park in Jamaica which started from August 30. The off-spinner had a good outing on the first day claiming one wicket and two catches standing at the first slip.
West Indies bounced back in the evening session to finish the opening day on even stevens. Put to bat first, India got off to a good start courtesy KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. They added 32 runs for the first wicket before Jason Holder provided the first breakthrough with Rahkeem Cornwall claiming an easy catch.
The host soon brought the debutant into the attack who extracted some bounce out of the wicket to get the better of out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara. Agarwal and Virat Kohli steadied the innings with half-centuries, but West Indies bounced back to reduce India by half. But youngsters Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari applied themselves to finish the day at 264 for five.
Speaking at the end of the day, Rahkeem Cornwall said that he needs to work hard and pitch the ball on the right areas. The all-rounder also admitted that it feels great to play Test cricket for West Indies. Cornwall said that it felt good to have Cheteshwar Pujara as his first Test wicket but didn’t seem overjoyed by it.
“It was a good feeling of making my debut. I think the ball comes on really nice in the start. I have to work hard and put the ball into right areas,” Cornwall said.“Good feeling to get him as my first Test wicket. It was nothing really new to me but it was a good feeling,” he added.
Furthermore, Rahkeem Cornwall said it was a just decision to bowl first after winning the toss. He feels the game is rightly poised after the first day of the Test match. Cornwall also said that he will have to match up to the pacers and help West Indies level terms in the series.
“We think pitch had a lot of moisture so we think once we get the first chance to bowl, we can get the early wickets. So, the toss goes in our favour. It was a good day on the first day of Test cricket,” Cornwall concluded.