West Indies spinner Rahkeem Cornwall has shared the moment when Virat Kohli asked him to bowl at him in the nets way back in 2016. Having made his Test debut last year only during the home series against India, the 27-year old is still new to international cricket.
However, he is already a popular name in the game thanks to his undeniable talent as well as his huge physique. Rahkeem Cornwall is currently in England for the upcoming three-match Test series against the home side. He will be desperate to make a mark in the challenging conditions.
England will host the Caribbean outfit at The Ageas Bowl from July 8 for the first game before the series switches to Old Trafford for the final two games of the series, from July 16 and July 24 respectively. The series will also mark the return of international cricket after the pandemic halted action around the globe in March.
When Rahkeem Cornwall was invited by Virat Kohli:
While Rahkeem Cornwall made his debut last year, he managed to make a mark way back in 2016 during a tour game against India. He had picked up the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane during the game. Impressed with his skill, Virat Kohli had then asked him to bowl at him in the nets and the spinner recently recalled that incident.
“I see it as a breakthrough moment for me where one of the best batsman in the world is asking for me to come to bowl to him in the nets,” Rahkeem Cornwall told ESPNcricinfo.
You learn a lot. A lot of patience, [that you need to] stick to line and length consistently rather than being all over the place,” he added when asked to explain his learning from bowling at Team India in the nets.