The Indian Cricket team had an overall great day against West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday, winning the game by 125 runs. Mohammed Shami was the Destroyer in Chief of India’s bowling order with 4/16. With a victory imminent, the pacer decided to have a little fun. His way: mimicking the famous ‘Cottrell Salute’ after Sheldon Cotterell’s dismissal.
The West Indies pace bowler is famous for the ‘Cottrell Salute’, a short march and an army salute after every wicket he takes. It is the former Jamaican Defence Army soldier’s way of paying respect to the forces.
All in Good Spirit
Mohammed Shami was seen mimicking the celebration after the West Indian’s dismissal. But Cottrell suggested that it was all in good spirits and there was no bad blood between the two. He even got a little mischievous, using Hindi line in his tweet, “Nakal Karna Hi Sabse Badi Chaploosi Hai”.
Great fun! Great bowling. Nakal Karna Hi Sabse Badi Chaploosi Hai ? https://t.co/PTuoGJciM7
— Sheldon Cotterell (@SaluteCotterell) June 28, 2019
The West Indian gave Shami a trademark salute after he took the Indian’s wicket. Shami kept it in mind and returned the favor after Sheldon’s dismissal. Chahal removed Cottrell with a plumb LBW in the 30th over after being hit for a six and a four in the same over. Shami got a little cheeky while celebrating the wicket and mimicked the salute.
Even captain Virat Kohli was seen doing something similar during the game and had a big laugh after Shami’s own salute. But in the end, it was all within the spirit of the game and nothing but a friendly banter between two nations connected by Cricket.