Cornwall: I enjoyed my new role as opener with the Zouks

Rahkeem Cornwall bats for the St. Lucia Zouks.
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By Neto Baptiste

Antiguan all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall said he enjoyed his new role as opener for the St Lucia Zouks franchise in the just ended 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) held in Trinidad from August 18 to September 10.

According to the Windies spin bowler, the role provided a new challenge and also presented an opportunity for him to learn and expand his horizon where batting is concerned.

“It’s a good role; I enjoyed it but you also have to play a bit smart and try to get the team to a good start and if that is not happening, then you just have to sit back and wait, but most of the time I didn’t really sit back and wait. I still tried to force the issue and get out which does not look good on my behalf but the role is okay; it’s just how I go about it and try to get the team off to a good start,” he said.

Cornwall, in his 10 innings, scored 182 runs with a highest of 32. He had an average of 20.22 and was his team’s fourth highest scorer in the tournament.

Zouks lost the final by eight wickets to Trinbago Knight Riders as the home team captured a fourth CPL title in grand style.

Cornwall feels his the Zouks could have done a bit better with the bat.

“After the start that we got, I think we should have gotten to about 180 and we didn’t finish the innings well. We kept on losing wickets at crucial times and we ended up getting 150 which I think was good enough on that pitch but we just didn’t execute good enough with the ball in the last five overs,” the player said.

Cornwall claimed only two wickets in 10 matches during the tournament, in which Knight Riders finished undefeated.

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