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140kg Fan Favourite's Batting Display Sends Social Media Into Meltdown

140kg Fan Favourite's Batting Display Sends Social Media Into Meltdown

Rahkeem Cornwall is quickly becoming a sports icon.

The 198cm, 140kg West Indian star sent cricket fans into meltdown when he stepped out to bat against England in the third Test at Old Trafford - his boundary off a Stuart Broad delivery being the highlight that seemed to please most supporters.

Being a natural right-arm off-break bowler, all eyes turned straight to Cornwall when he was called upon to face England's rapid bowling attack.

Despite being dismissed by Broad for just 10 runs, Cornwall's brief stint at the crease was a memorable one as he lined up alongside wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich - a man who is significantly shorter than the 6 foot 5 inch Cornwall.

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And while his incredible catch during England's first innings had supporters in awe, it was his brief spell with the bat which really got everyone's attention.

After the West Indian fan favourite hit a Broad delivery for a tidy four runs, match commentator and former England captain Michael Vaughan said: "If Rahkeem Cornwall gets a century I'll break the COVID rules and go shake his hand on the pitch... naked."

And it wasn't just Cornwall's batting display that impressed viewers.

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Rahkeem Cornwall. Credit: PA
Rahkeem Cornwall. Credit: PA

"Just as I don't think I can love Rahkeem Cornwall anymore, he comes out to bat with a bat held together with tape," Sport360 editor Barnaby Read tweeted.

"Its face shaved off in parts. You can tell he absolutely loves this bat. This man is a real one."

And the social media love for Cornwall didn't stop there.

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.