Nelson had become synonymous with David Shepherd. Everytime the score reached 111 (which is called “Nelson”), he would hop once, if it was a ‘Double Nelson’ i.e. 222; he would hop twice, and so on…
David Shepherd officiated in his last match, the second test between Pakistan and WI. He needed 8 more to complete a century but he chose not to.
He was always my favourite umpire and will be sorely missed on the field. I remember when he was the umpire in the Aus Vs Ind test in 2001 at Mumbai, all that I prayed for, in the innings of both teams, was to see a score of 111. I wanted to catch Shepherd ‘live’ in action:-) And my prayers were answered:-)
The superstition became so famous that every match in which he officiated, the cameraman shifted focus on him whenever the score hit 111,222 etc.
For more about the man read this.