Windies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell has been in the news for so long, but for his unique way of celebrating a dismissal. With his trademark wicket-taking celebration has already won hearts, England coach, Trevor Bayliss holds a different perception. In the ongoing ICC World Cup, Cottrell’s has created a buzz while walking a couple of paces before performing a ‘Sheldon Salute’.
The English chief coach Bayliss maintained that the signature celebration is pretty annoying, which leaves him frustrated at times.
Bayliss might not be a fan of Cottrell’s celebration, but he has already admitted the fact that the Caribbean bowler has produced some outstanding results with his brilliant display of bowling in the top-flight cricket.
While speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Bayliss maintained it’s disturbing. Meanwhile, hosts England are set to face the Windies on Friday.
“If you’re older than about 40-years-old it p—– you off,” Bayliss said.
However, he reiterated that it’s their way of celebrating the wicket. He added many don’t like the way England bowlers celebrate after dismissing a batsman. While terming the celebration as an ‘entertainment, Bayliss agreed that it brings a lot of joy to many in one way or another.
“But every team has their way of celebrating and I’m sure other teams might not like the way we celebrate. In the end, it’s a young man’s game. It’s all entertainment. If it gets a bit of a laugh or a smile on people’s faces so be it,” Bayliss elaborated.
How Cottrell celebrates a wicket?
Cottrell, who hardly laughs, opts for a short march to set himself up for a famous salute. However, it becomes pertinent that he has represented the Jamaican Defence Force before breaking into the top-flight Cricket.
The promising bowler has trained himself hard, which further saw him training for at least six months in the defence training centre.
“I do it every time I get a wicket. I practised it for six months when I trained in the army,” Cottrell revealed to the BBC in his interview in the past.
In the recent past, Cottrell has decided to pay tribute to his colleagues. So, he made up his mind for a military-style salute after dismissing a batsman.
In short, Sheldon often does things in his own way.
While clearing the air when many questioned his celebration, Cottrell, who is adamant in approach, has called himself a professional ‘soldier’. He added he does it to express his gratitude to his comrades and countrymen.
“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 concluded.
So far, the 29-year-old left-arm pacer Cottrell has bagged five wickets in three World Cup matches.