Gobsmacked visitor mulls return after signed ‘Sluggo’ story arrives in mail
A visitor who had an “unimaginable” experience with a legendary cricket star in Bermuda hinted at a possible return to the island after he received signed copies of the newspaper in which his tale was told.
Ahsan Aadil Shaikh delighted readers with his recollection of a taxi ride that detoured to allow him to meet Dwayne “Sluggo” Leverock.
Mr Leverock, who riveted viewers with his stunning one-handed diving catch during a 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup match against India, signed copies of the newspaper and they were sent by the Editor, Dexter Smith, to Mr Shaikh.
The island’s guest, from Worcester, Massachusetts, highlighted receipt of the publications in a post on Twitter this week.
“Is it too early to plan another trip to the island!?”
Mr Shaikh earlier recalled how on his visit to the island he found himself in a vehicle driven by Jimmy Tweed, “the greatest taxi driver of all time”, to get back to Dockyard and the cruise ship on which he was travelling.
He wrote online: “Upon learning I was a cricket fan, he was quick to ask if I knew anything about Bermuda’s cricket team.
“I shared with him how I vividly remember them participating in the 2007 World Cup and of course Dwayne Leverock’s insane one-handed diving catch during that very tournament.
“The moment Jimmy heard me mention 2007 and Leverock, his eyes lit up, followed by instant disbelief that the world outside their tiny island knew about Leverock’s heroics.”
The cabbie, himself a prominent footballer with Devonshire Colts in the 1980s, swiftly rang his wife to track down Mr Leverock’s number, which was supplied within five minutes.
Mr Tweed was “overjoyed” — and soon had the cricketer on speakerphone, advising him to prepare for a guest.
“Within ten minutes, we were outside the address given to us over the phone, and there he was in flesh — the man, the myth, the legend — the Dwayne Leverock,” Mr Shaikh wrote last month.
He added that the cricketer wasted no time in welcoming his guests, greeting him "with the widest smile ever“.
Mr Shaikh added: “So humble. So down to earth. All he wanted to talk about was my trip but all I wanted to talk about was him and the diving catch that shook the world.
“I asked him if he could recreate his diving pose with me and he happily obliged. And if that wasn’t enough to make me feel welcome on the island, he even asked me for my contact details so he could send a gift basket my way.
“I mean, somebody pinch me already because this has to be a dream.”
He wrote: “Dwayne Leverock, Jimmy Tweed, and the people of Bermuda, if you’re reading this, please know you all are absolute legends on and off the ground, and the cricketing world can’t wait to have you back on the field at the big stage.
“Sending love and more one-handed diving catches your way.”