Ever since West Indies announced their Test squad for the series against India, the Indian fans have been desperate to see Rahkeem Cornwall in action. The reason for the same is obvious. In a game where fitness is given utmost priority, Cornwall is making a name for himself with his big stature. He is very much in line to break the record for being the heaviest international cricketer.
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The current records belongs to Australia’s Warwick Armstrong since the early 1900s. Cornwall is reported to weigh around 140 kgs, while Armstrong’s weight is recorded to have been 133 kgs. Cornwall is also around 6’6” tall, making him one of the most sizeable people to take the cricket field. Cornwall has definitely struggled with his weight but it has not hampered his performance thus far.
He continues to be one of the most impressive performers in West Indies’ domestic cricket. However, time and again he has had to defend his physique.
“There are many ways in terms of fitness – you have cricket fitness, and physical fitness,” he said in June, according to the Antigua Observer. “People may use that as an excuse, but that doesn’t affect me in any way. I just have to keep pushing.”
Unsurprisingly, the fans are getting desperate to see Cornwall in action. But while the fans are yet to catch a glimpse of Cornwall on the cricket field, some Indian players have already got a taste of it. One of them is fast-bowler Deepak Chahar.
The India star was involved in a funny on-field incident Rahkeem Cornwall last month when India A were playing a one-day game against West Indies A. As Cornwall walked out to bat, Chahar tried to have some fun at the expense of the West Indies player. Making himself big with his arms spread, Chahar walked up to the batsman as if to collide with him. But fortunately, he got out of Cornwall’s way at the last moment. Cornwall, unperturbed, carried on his walk towards the crease.
Here is a clip of that incident involving Rahkeem Cornwall: