Even before he stepped out on to the field at Sabina Park, Rahkeem Cornwall had already made big strides. Weighing at 140 kg and standing six foot five inches tall, Cornwall is indeed the Big Show of world cricket. Cornwall became the heaviest Test cricketer after he made his debut at Sabina Park and in his third over, he got the massive wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara for 6. The offspinner had a good time on day 1, bowling 27 overs and conceding just 69 runs as India reached 264/5 at stumps thanks to fifties from Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal. In addition, Cornwall also took two catches.
Speaking after the end of the day's play, Cornwall said it was a great feeling to take the wicket of Pujara. "Good feeling to get him as my first Test wicket. It was nothing really new to me but it was a good feeling. It was a good feeling of making my debut. I think the ball comes on really nice in the start. I have to work hard and put the ball into right areas," Cornwall said.
In addition to Cornwall, Jason Holder was the best bowler on the day taking 3/39 in 20 overs. Cornwall added that he was clear what he had to do in order to restrict India. "Our seamers bowled well and when I was asked to bowl, I have to do the same. It was a good feeling to get my first Test wicket. We thought the pitch had a lot of moisture so we thought once we get the first chance to bowl, we can get the early wickets. The toss went in our favour. It was a good day on the first day of Test cricket," Cornwall said.
Mayank Agarwal, who scored 55 and shared a partnership of 68 with Virat Kohli to revive India, also praised Cornwall's accuracy. "Rahkeem is very, very (consistent), he forms good clusters and he keeps bowling those areas, keeps bowling those areas. I thought it wasn't very easy to score off him. We took our time and it was very important for Virat and me to actually get a partnership going and it was important that one of us went on to score big. He definitely gets a lot more bounce compared to many other spinners. He just keeps hitting those lengths," Agarwal said.