There are celebratory moves and then there’s West Indies bowler Sheldon Cottrell’s unique celebration every time he gets a wicket. And two kids who’ve managed to do a spot-on imitation of the bowler’s celebration have now received a surprise.
A boy and girl were recently filmed recreating the bowlers signature salute. The video went viral as it was shared and watched by thousands of fans online. The official handle of the World Cup even tweeted it and rated it 10/10.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019
Cotterell too was touched by the gesture and tweeted, “It’s nice to see so many kids enjoying the cricket and my salute. It would have been an exciting day to watch. I promise they will see me salute a few more times before the end of our tournament.”
It’s nice to see so many kids enjoying the cricket and my salute. It would have been an exciting day to watch. I promise they will see me salute a few more times before the end of our tournament. https://t.co/IHv2Ce736D
— Sheldon Cotterell (@SaluteCotterell) June 23, 2019
The kids’ parent then asked where they could get a West Indies jersey with Cottrell’s name on it and the West Indies bowler responded by inviting the two children to the team’s next game against India on Thursday. And he promised to look into getting them a jersey.
— Sheldon Cotterell (@SaluteCotterell) June 24, 2019
Now, his gesture towards the fans is being praised by many online.
Love this guy. The other day Bishop was discussing his celebration in context of Bayliss’ comments. And as always, he made so much sense. There’s 0 reason to dislike a celebration which is not aimed at the batsman dismissed. Unlike Hassan Ali’s celebration. https://t.co/Ghp661kmkq
— RandomCricketPhotos&Videos (@RandomCricketP1) June 25, 2019
This guy is unbelievable! Salute 👏 https://t.co/S4kIXMyOUg
— srikrishna 🏏 (@1998Srikrishna) June 25, 2019
— Naeemah (@NaeemahBenjamin) June 24, 2019
More reason to love this guy💥💥💥 https://t.co/MeY1kDhldB
— Gomesh🏏 (@theumpires_call) June 24, 2019
— Robbie Kahar (@Rob2K) June 24, 2019
You’re a real life Super Hero. pic.twitter.com/PDd3XUOWab
— Prantik (@JoeHarts_hat) June 24, 2019
What a legend 👌
— TheRealHarryEverett (@TheRealHarryEv1) June 24, 2019
Legend! Not only you’re a great player but a great sportsman as well.
— Hassan Ali (@SiriPayee) June 24, 2019
Absolute class! 👌
— Ashwath Sampath (Ash) (@A_DifferentSpin) June 24, 2019
Cottrell had explained his celebration saying that it was a military-style salute that he had learned in the Jamaica Defence Force and his celebration was meant to show respect to the force.