Sir Vivian: Check out Cornwall

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards believes Antiguan all-rounder Rahkeem ‘Jimbo’ Cornwall, could prove to be an asset to the regional cricket team going into the third Test against the touring Indians.

His statement follows the exploits of Barbadian all-rounder, Roston Chase, who had a five-wicket haul and a century in the second Test in Jamaica, as West Indies salvaged a draw in a game they seemed destined to lose.

Rahkeem Cornwall
Rahkeem Cornwall

Sir Viv said the introduction of another spinner with the ability to bat could better the team’s chances.

“I believe the way in which we would have attacked the Indian spinners gave us some sort of insight as to what can be achieved throughout the remainder of this series,” he said.

“There may have to be some little tweaks in the team itself, because do you want to play so many batsmen at this particular stage when you have so many different all-rounders in the team? Another one you can maybe put in the picture because of his off-spin ability as well, would be ‘Jimbo’ if the pacers are not getting it done,” he added.

Sir Viv praised West Indies for their “character and fight,” after they produced a magnificent batting display on Wednesday, to earn a precious draw at Sabina Park.

Chase finished on 137, while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich got 74, captain Jason Holder 64 not out and Jermaine Blackwood, 63.

Chase, Sir Viv added, showed maturity in the way he batted.

“Even though he got to 100 that wasn’t anything in itself, you would say that was his personal achievement. But then, the job just wasn’t completed as yet. He had to do his due diligence in seeing it through to the end. That’s what I think, made it so impressive. Then Holder came and saw it out with him, so it was just a phenomenal performance from the young man, real old school batsmanship,” Sir Viv said.

The series moves to the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia for the third Test starting August 9.



4 Responses to Sir Vivian: Check out Cornwall

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 6, 2016 at 1:16 am

    I will play two genuine spinners against India because the wicket in the Caribbean dead dead.i will drop Cummins .

    • harry turnover August 6, 2016 at 7:16 am

      …..and when whoever plays in place of Cummins don’t get a wicket ,you will drop him too …RIGHT ??

  2. Phil August 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

    This WI team have serious technical short comings. first of all their front line batsmen must move their feet. they have all been worked out by all their opponents, not just India. Bowl a ball slightly short, rising to chest high, between middle and one or two stumps distance moving away to offside with decent pace, and Darren Bravo who doesn’t know where his off stump is, just with no foot movement, fishes or steers it straight to slips or gully. Jason Holder can generate much more pace and bounce if he arches hi back, lifts his left or front leg high as if running up steep stairs. This action will cause him to bring over his bowling arm much faster, and its circular movement will create a centrifugal force. It is a force being used by baseball pitchers, where they raise their leg as if kicking someone in the face. It’ called bio mechanics. The coach should know all this. I wish them well for the rest of the series.

  3. Shravan August 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    There are various reasons for playing rahkeem cornwall. They are: 1. He is off spinner and India is weak against off spin. Remember what happened against moeen ali, nathan lyon, greame swan(2012). 2. Rostan chase got wickets of tailender such as Mishra,Yadav, and shami. So he eventhough an off spinner only took two wicket of true batsman. So he cant be considered allrounder. He didnot took any wicket in first tests. Even Dhawan gifted his wicket to chase. 3. Since his comeback bishoo performance has been miserable.. He even struggled in srilankan pitches. He needs to be replaced. He took three wickets at 163 runs in first match but than two wicket were gifted as Rahane and pujara was out on short pitch deleveries. 4. Rahkeem cornwall is an genuine allrounder. This is because his batting stats are as good as chandrika in first class matches that too batting at no. 7. He also scored most runs under pressure because of his teams weak batting. 5. Stats dont show everything. This also applies here. Cornwall spin partner Taylor is also an off spinner and took 18 wickets in 18 FC matches. Since they both are offie so there was lack of variety so they both suffered. In that case if he takes 48 wickets in this season of ten first class matches is unbelievable. In the last five first class matches he has 30 wickets so he is improving(rather than being a finished product). Due to same reason he got five important wicket in practice match against india where as his spin partner motie didnot get any, this shows that he is improving with time(or may be his form is improving) 6. Westindies fast bowler are not taking wickets. they are averaging around 100 runs per wicket. So there is no harm in playing extra sppiners. 7. Rahkeem cornwall can bowl very long spells because of his very small run-up as compared to other spinners. So he can hold one end for whole day or even week. If he is good enough bowler for international cricket(which he is) then he will automatically become more than one bowler, actually two bowler or more because of his short run-up. Imagine malcom marshall or even gabriel bowling 45 overs a day from one end, it like dream come true for bowling side. He bowled much than double overs then his sides other bowlers in this season. His wicket per match this season is 4.8 but thing to be considered is that his team loses matches generally by innings so he get opportunity to bowl only one inning most of the time. 8. Selectors should also consider that Rahkeem has played against better teams in comparison to other spinners because leeward island is the weakest team. In such case it can be said he didnt get opportunity to play against leeward islands team because he is from leeward islands. So allround stats needs to be modified if at all they are going by stats. 9. Rahkeem is a croud puller because of his strong built much like wwe fighter. People and all his fans will love to see him in international cricket.


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