As one of the iconic images in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, nobody will ever forget the unlikely sight of Bermuda’s Dwayne Leverock throwing himself at full stretch to catch India’s Robin Uthappa to claim one of the catches of the tournament.
Watching in the crowd that day was his 13-year-old nephew, Kamau, who vowed that day that he too wanted to play cricket for his country.
Five years on, Kamau is part of the Bermuda team that is taking part in the qualification event for the ICC World Twenty20 2012, but he hasn’t forgotten what inspired him to play for his country.
“My uncle played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and when he played I said that I wanted to take Bermuda back to the World Cup again,” said Leverock.
“I had played a bit of cricket before the World Cup, but my game got a lot more competitive after the 2007 World Cup."
“I was about 13 at the time and had been playing junior league, but I then started to play the senior league after the World Cup, and got a lot more serious about the game, developed my skills and I am now playing at the World Twenty20 Qualifier."
“There was great excitement in Bermuda (during the World Cup), but I actually attended the event. Schools in Bermuda were actually watching the games during classes – there was a lot of pride around the island."
“I went to watch all three Bermuda games and I also went to see Bangladesh play India.”
Recalling the day of the India game and that famous catch, Kamau confesses that it wasn’t unexpected for his uncle to catch the ball at slip, and admitted that his uncle has been a bit influence on his career.
“He catches those all the time in Bermuda, so it wasn’t really a big surprise for me – it’s just the world got to see him for the first time” he says.
“He’s taught me a lot of things in my cricket career and I hope to play as well as he did for Bermuda,” he said.
“He speaks to me all the time about what to expect in an event and what I need to do and how I need to go about things. It’s good to have a mentor like him.”
Leverock, who is still at school, has moved to England in an effort to pursue his cricketing dream and the aggressive all-rounder has already attracted the attention of a couple of county sides, where he has played some second team matches.
“I would like to play county cricket in England and play for Bermuda as much as I can and take our cricket to a higher level,” he said.
“I went to England for a two-week trial and I ended up staying and going to school to pursue me my dream. My Mum sent me with my Godmother and I have been living with her since."
“I have been playing a high level of cricket and I think I am improving my skills all the time."
Bermuda skipper David Hemp, who enjoyed a successful county career with Glamorgan and Warwickshire in England, has been impressed by what he has seen so far and predicts a bright future for him.
“Kamau is a good young cricketer and he has played a couple of second team games in county cricket – one for Surrey and one for Sussex. He is still learning. He is a good all-rounder and he has a bit of pace with the ball. He is a good solid left-hander, and it is good for Bermuda cricket, that he is emerging,” said Hemp.