Rahkeem Cornwall Bags Nine Wickets Across Two Innings To Help West Indies Thrash Bangladesh
Rahkeem Cornwall is one seriously, seriously talented cricketer.
He's already a favourite among West Indies fans, but the 140kg star has now singlehandedly wrote his name into cricketing folklore with a flawless bowling display against Bangladesh.
the Big Unit Rakeem Cornwall with a stunning catch at slip to nail the series win, wow. (vc: @aha_irshi) pic.twitter.com/6JO9oD1BmN
- Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) February 14, 2021
The West Indies spinners took all 10 wickets to complete a series whitewash, but it was Cornwall who was the true star of the show.
Fellow spin bowlers Kraigg Brathwaite took 3 wickets for 25 runs while Jomel Warrican bagged 3 for 47.
As for Cornwall, he took a whopping four wickets for 105 runs in the second innings.
Bangladesh ended up getting bowled out for just 213 runs in the final Test, handing the West Indies an emphatic victory on foreign soil.
Oh, and this wasn't just any old upset victory.
Most of the West Indies' first-choice players were missing due to coronavirus travel fears, meaning the team was crying out for a star to step up to the plate when needed most.
Enter, Mr Cornwall.
With the ball-in-hand, the 28-year-old simply couldn't be stopped.
And if his four-wicket haul in the second innings wasn't impressive enough, it turns out Cornwall bagged a five-fer in the first innings too.
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That's right, it means he was just one wicket away from a ten-fer in the match - a five-fer in each innings.
He was so instrumental in helping his team to victory that he was named Player of the Match by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
:small_blue_diamond: 5/74 in the first innings
:small_blue_diamond: 4/105 in the second innings
Rahkeem Cornwall has been named the Player of the Match :clap:#BANvWI pic.twitter.com/SKSxJhoDPk
- ICC (@ICC) February 14, 2021
Fans, media and former players were quick to heap praise on the West Indies for such a historic win, but it was Cornwall who received special attention after capping off his stellar performance with a game-winning catch in the slips.
"It's a series victory for the ages," ex-player Ian Bishop said in the commentary box.
"Given all that has been stacked against them, coming on the shores of Bangladesh, these men have achieved what many thought impossible."
What a win. What a team. What a player.
This one may not earn a fraction of the hype that accompanies the Big 3 but no one will dispute that this a win for the ages. Rakeem Cornwall you legend. Test cricket is well and truly alive https://t.co/clmhVLfvt2
- Abhijit De (@dey_abhijit) February 14, 2021
Strong determination, showing by West Indies to win the 2and Test match defending 230. At one stage Bangladesh were almost heading to victory. Great performance in this match by Rakeem Cornwall, I consider him the most underrated test Cricketer ever. pic.twitter.com/3VDAYM1XBH
- RYAN CASSIE (@rycassie87) February 14, 2021
What a Celebration! What a Match! What a Series! :palm_tree:
WI WIN the series :two: - :zero: :clap:#MenInMaroon #BANvWI pic.twitter.com/J5580BiuIN
- Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 14, 2021
Rakeem Cornwall , my Favourite cricketer in the world at the moment. :boom::ok_hand::exclamation:
- Dane Piedt (@dane_piedt63) February 14, 2021
Scenes when the pubs reopen #BANvWI pic.twitter.com/lGogGqhMrF
- Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) February 14, 2021
Players like rakeem cornwall are so important to this game. Under the new regime he would probably never play cricket for India but for west indies he has taken his second 5 wkt haul in only his 5th test match.#INDvENG #wicb #Cricket pic.twitter.com/suwv2VYzCW
- scorpio682 (@sourabhdaga82) February 13, 2021
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