Sheldon Cottrell

West Indies' Sheldon Cottrell, center, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma during the second one day international cricket match between India and West Indies in Visakhapatnam.

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West Indies bowler Sheldon Cottrell, center, salutes after trapping India batsman Shikhar Dhawan LBW for a 2 runs during their second One-Day International cricket match in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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It’s natural that a drill sergeant with a taste for terrifying young cad­ets will be a fearsome sergeant intimidating batsmen before they schlep off to the pavilion after yet another meek snick off his bowling. Then, Sheldon Cottrell, West Indies’ fast bowler and proud member of the Jamaican army, launches into his wildly popular routine: three stiff, militarily perfect steps forward, a salute and hands and head thrown backwards in unbounded joy.