What is common between Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, Colin Munro, Jonny Bairstow and Imam-ul-Haq amongst others?
Answer: The Salute of Sheldon Cottrell.
David Warner and Glenn Maxwell became the latest entrants to the “Cottrell Salute Club” – both the Australian batsmen were dismissed by the West Indian left-arm seamer in their World Cup clash in Nottingham on Thursday, June 6th.
Cottrell celebrates every dismissal of his with a short march and a salute to the pavilion as a tribute to the Jamaican Armed Forces. He is a Jamaican Defence Force soldier.
He took a blinder to dismiss Steven Smith - sprinting for about 20 yards along the backward square boundary and then plucking the ball from mid air with his outstretched left hand, flicking it up before stepping over the rope and maintaining his composure to retrieve the ball after coming back into the field of play - an absolute blinder which deserved his customary salute and Cottrell did not disappoint!
“It’s a military-style salute. I’m a soldier by profession. Me saluting is just to show my respect to the Jamaica Defence Force,” he quoted to the BBC earlier this year.
“I do it every time I get a wicket. I practised it for six months when I was training in the army,” he further added.
Cottrell even trained a group of children and taught them his famous army salute when some members of the West Indies cricket team helped take an ICC Cricket4Goodcoaching clinic in Nottingham on Tuesday.
Cottrell has taken 20 wickets in 15 innings for the West Indies in ODI cricket at an impressive strike rate of 33.