Rakheem Cornwall is the heaviest man in world cricket at the moment but his reflexes, anticipations and ability to dive is as good as anyone. After missing out on the first-two Tests, Rakheem Cornwall was picked up for the final Test at Manchester as he hogged the limelight with a fine catch at slips on Day 1.
To begin with, captain Jason Holder deploying Cornwall to field at slips shows the kind of faith he has on the ‘big man’. The native from where Cornwall belongs, his build, is natural and he has been fondly called as ‘jumbo’ over the years. But Cornwall, the 140kg cricketer, proved his prowess with a fine catch.
Cornwall, who was acing his look with the double cap at slips, made sure he did not let the ball slip off his hands as he took a sharp catch to dismiss Rory Burns off a delivery from Roston Chase. Burns played a fine knock of 57 runs from 147 deliveries, laced with four boundaries, before he was sent packing.
Check out the brilliance here:
— Mark McKeown (@markmckeown) July 24, 2020
To be fair, Cornwall does not have the build of your average cricketer and even though he can spin the ball, there has been much talk about positioning a man of his stature in the slip cordon!This catch has made my day! I don’t even mind the comment about his bucket hands!! ???? pic.twitter.com/76KjAs88aL
— oldmumtweeting! (@oldmumtweeting) July 24, 2020
Day 1 in the final Test belonged to England as they scored 258/4 at stumps with Ollie Pope (91) staring at century early on Day 2.