Samuels can smile once again after putting the events of past behind him
West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has announced that he is pleased to have got his international career back on track after having an excellent showing throughout the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Samuels has been involved in a number of controversies in the past, stemming from his bowling action to disputes with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to even being banned for two years in 2008 for having links with a bookie.
“The career has been up and down, there have been a lot of tough times. I dealt with them in simple ways and tried to let them pass. Being under pressure on a cricket field is nothing compared to what I’ve been through off the field. As my mentor always said to me, everything that happened to me in life is because I’m important. I’m not someone that will ever give up. I never say die. The person that I am deep down inside is the reason why I am still here playing cricket. I have a family that believes in me. If outsiders don’t, it doesn’t really matter to me,” Samuels said.
Samuels noted that the win in the World Twenty20 had shown people that the West Indies were back and looking to become the top ranked nation in the sport once again.
“We haven’t been winning any major title for years now, this is a great achievement, for past cricketers and for these cricketers who have bonded together to form a strong unit. In the past, we had some near misses but nevertheless, God willing, we came out on top. This is T20, but it can bring a lot of fans to watch us. Around the world, people still love to watch West Indies cricket. It is wonderful to bring back new people and people who have been watching cricket for a long time. We will celebrate as long as possible and enjoy the moment. This is a moment to cherish, and cherish forever. The entire Caribbean embraces it [the trophy]. The sky is the limit and words can’t really explain it. It means the world to us,” Samuels added.
Samuels was the main reason why the West Indies were able to post 137 runs on the board after he smashed 78 runs from 56 deliveries.
“I was waiting there for someone to come and build a partnership, since that did not happen, I decided to take on Malinga. From last night, I was playing Malinga in my mind and I decided to take him on. I only faced him one time [in the IPL] in the first game against Mumbai [Indians], and he got me out bowled, I was very upset. This was my time today to get back at him,” Samuels said.
Samuels also stated that once the West Indies had posted a score of 137, he felt confident about their chances of winning the match.
“Having batted most of the overs on the pitch, my advice was that it was still a challenging total, the pitch was a tough one. As long as we could get some quick wickets and put the pressure on Sri Lanka, it would work in our favour,” Samuels added.