West Indies’ latest Test cricketer Rahkeem Cornwall has been garnering attention from all across globe although not for his cricketing exploits. While Rahkeem Cornwall is definitely a fine allrounder, it would not be very wrong to say that he is yet to make a big mark with bat and ball. However, he has already become a popular name in the cricketing circle and the reason is his huge physique.
The spin-bowling allrounder made his Test debut in the ongoing second Test against India at the Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. He came in as a replacement for injured Miguel Cummins. In his first Test match, Cornwall scalped three wickets and also bowled the most number of overs for the home side.
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Cornwall has caught the attention once again by copying Australia star Steve Smith’s art of leaving the ball. During the second Ashes Test, Smith came out with new ways to leave balls outside the off-stump. On the third day of the second Test at Lord’s which saw only 24.1 overs being bowled, he provided the crowd with some much-needed entertainment with his unorthodox and unique style of leaving the balls.
While shouldering arms to the England pacers, he hopped, got his bat across and even turned behind to leave everyone in splits. Even Jofra Archer, who bowled a deadly bouncer to injure Smith, was seen copying Smith’s action. Now, Cornwall too copied Smith’s art of leaving the ball when West Indies were 87/7 against India while facing Mohammed Shami.
Here is a clip of that leave from Rahkeem Cornwall:
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Meanwhile, India have taken a firm grip on the game. Leading the series 1-0, the visitors are well on course to whitewash the hosts. At the end of day three, West Indies were 45 for 2 while chasing an improbable 468. India are yet to lose a single game on this tour, having won the T20Is 3-0 and ODIs 2-0.