Samuels has triumphed over adversity time and time again
West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has announced that since his return to international cricket, he views the sport in a whole different light and no matter what format he is playing, “cricket for me is basically fun”.
Samuels also suggested that he should be called the “comeback kid” as he has always found his way back after numerous precarious situations.
“Cricket for me is basically fun, with batting, fielding, bowling,” Samuels said. “Whenever I get a chance to bowl I enjoy it. They call me ‘lucky arm’ now, I’ve been picking up some wickets recently. I’m just having fun and enjoying being back in international cricket.”
Samuels complemented fellow spinner Shane Shillingford for his stellar performances with the ball throughout the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe.
“There was some wonderful bowling by Shillingford,” Samuels said. “He showed that the slower you bowled on the wicket you could also get some bounce as well and he did a great job.”
Samuels made his return during the Zimbabwe series after spending more than two months on the sidelines when he suffered a serious facial injury after being struck in the face by a Lasith Malinga bouncer during this year’s Big Bash League (BBL).
The all-rounder admitted that the time off was long overdue and gave him a chance to reassess his game as well.
“It was time for me to sit back and relax with the family, and reflect on what I’ve been doing around the world,” Samuels said. “I used the time to reflect on my work and put myself back in a position to achieve the goals I set out to get in international cricket.”