At a time when a lot of the younger cricketers are lured by “straightforward cash” in thriving T20 leagues, West Indian Rahkeem Cornwall, the heaviest ever to play the five-day format at greater than 140kg, has bought his priorities straight.
The 27-year-old spinner desires to “nail down” his Take a look at profession, which is just three video games previous, and if leagues just like the IPL occur alongside the way in which, it might be a “bonus”.
Talking to PTI from Trinidad, the place he’s making an impression with each bat and ball for St Lucia Zouks within the CPL, Cornwall expressed his devotion to Take a look at cricket.
“If I can play the T20 format and journey the world and play leagues it might be good however my purpose is to be one of the crucial profitable Take a look at gamers on the market.
“Taking part in Take a look at cricket is the artwork of cricket, everybody desires to play Take a look at cricket and do effectively. I’ve already performed the format, I simply wish to be sure I get what I’m actually in search of in Take a look at cricket and when my instances involves retire, I haven’t got any regrets,” mentioned Cornwall.
West Indies cricket has loved most success within the shortest format over the previous 10 years with a piece of its gamers occurring make a reputation and a few good-looking sum of money in T20 leagues all over the world.
Cornwall too is open to turning into a T20 globetrotter however not earlier than he achieves his targets in Take a look at cricket.
“If I get to play completely different leagues all over the world, it might be a bonus for me however the primary focus is to maintain pushing my Take a look at profession,” mentioned the offie who made his Take a look at debut towards India in Jamaica final 12 months when he took three wickets together with Cheteshwar Pujara’s.
He had additionally dismissed India skipper Virat Kohli in a tour sport in 2016.
“Pujara is a high quality participant, a superb participant of spin. To get him was a pleasure, extra in order it was my first Take a look at wicket,” recalled Cornwall, who’s but to make his restricted overs debut for West Indies however is assured of doing so with a profitable outing the continuing CPL.
In the meanwhile, he likes to be generally known as the off-spinner who can “drastically” enhance with the bat.
The fixed chatter round his dimension does not trouble him however he would wish to be fitter and leaner to the purpose the place he is ready to carry out at his finest in all codecs.
“Dimension doesn’t matter to me. I already know who I’m and what my dimension is. I simply attempt to be match as doable so that may carry out for my staff,” mentioned the 6’6’’ tall cricketer when requested if must be fitter for the shorter codecs the place one is required to be extra agile on the sphere.
“It’s important to be match for all codecs. Taking part in Take a look at cricket is tough as effectively. Sure in T20 cricket, you must be shifting up and down however it’s nonetheless cricket and you must be match.
“I might not say I’m nice the way in which I’m. I’m nonetheless a piece in progress. I wouldn’t set a purpose (on shedding how a lot weight). My household is large boned. I simply need to know the fitting dimension the place I can go my job on the sphere and as soon as I get to that stage, I’m in a superb place,” he mentioned.
Cornwall’s final Take a look at outing got here in England final month and he has additionally performed one towards Afghanistan in Lucknow final 12 months when he ended up with match-winning figures of 10/121.
The burly bowler doesn’t have a job mannequin however thinks extremely of Nathan Lyon and Ravichandran Ashwin. In reality, he even loved a protracted chat with India’s premier spinner throughout his debut sequence final 12 months.
“I like to speak to spinners of different groups and choose up bits that go well with my sport, not the whole lot they might inform me would go well with my sport. I strive to not overcomplicate.
“With Ashwin, mainly we had a traditional spinner speak, how the ball is popping out from the hand, preserve your form, be sure you preserve steadiness on the crease and take it from there. Simply most likely studying from each other.
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