Debutant Rakheem Cornwall Strikes for West Indies Against India
Debutant Rahkeem Cornwall starred in both layoffs when India reached 72-2 while at lunch on the first day of the Final and 2nd Test Match of their series against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Friday.
Not wasting time putting tourists in a green-tinged field after winning the draw in stifling conditions, Captain Jason Holder jumped into the attack after half an hour of play and eliminated K.L. Rahul on his first attempt at a direct capture of Cornwall on the first slip.
One of the two newcomers to senior international cricket on the home team, the 26-year-old burly 26-year-old All-rounder, enjoyed his first success with the ball when he took the wicket of Chesteshwar Pujara’s while the catch caught by Shamarh Brooks at the backward point for six of a wrong cut on Cornwall’s third over.
Indian captain Virat Kohli made sure there were no more alarming things for his squad in the morning session and will resume after the interval in association with Mayank Agarwal, as the opening negotiated the test two hours to reach 41 undefeated.
Cornwall replaced medium-pacer Miguel Cummins of the team which was defeated by 318runs within four days in the first Test Match a week earlier in Antigua.
Shai Hope, who was recruited for wicket maintenance duties in that match due to an injury to the usual Shane Dowrich glove, failed a late physical fitness test in a damaged hand, allowing Jahmar Hamilton to become the first player of Cricket in the U.S. Virgin Islands the West Indies.
Unsurprisingly, India retained the same team while looking for a clean sweep of all the completed international matches of this campaign and also the first clean sweep of a series of tests in the Caribbean.
Victory in the final win of the tour will also elevate Kohli above Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India’s most successful leader in test cricket. Last week’s success in the Opening Test was his 27th at the helm.
There was a troubling moment before the start of the game when former West Indies skipper Vivian Richards had to be helped off the field and taken for medical treatment when he appeared to be ill.