David Robert Shepherd died on 27 October 2009 after a long struggle with cancer, was one of the cricket world's best-known umpires. He stood in 92 Test matches, the last of them in June 2005, and officiated in three World Cup finals.
Davis shephered was one of the favorite umpire in Cricket world and also for cricket fans. His different styles of showing giving the result or score in cricket always attracted to cricket fans. He was player and then turned to Umpire which made him successful in his second inning of his carrer.
1983 World Cup, 1985 Ashes series at Old Trafford and many more from then on, Shepherd became a fixture on the international scene, his round figure instantly recognisable by players and spectators alike. Perhaps his most famous quirk was his habit of lifting one foot off the ground whenever the score reached 111, or multiples thereof, they being regarded as unlucky by Shepherd in a ritual dating back to his childhood cricket team days. The number 111 is known as the "Nelson", and is considered unlucky towards the Batsman. He was part of the ICC's first panel of neutral umpires 2005.
He officiated in 172 ODIs, including three consecutive World Cup finals, and 92 Tests between 1983 and 2005.
He was given a guard of honour by the New Zealand and Australian teams, special dispensation by the ICC to umpire in an England, was presented with a bat by West Indian captain Brian Lara. Shepherd was awarded the MBE for services to cricket in 1987, and he became the President of his home county club Devon in 2006.