Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo October 7, 2012

'Wanted to attack their best bowler' - Samuels

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Marlon Samuels, whose 78 off 56 balls fashioned one of the great turnarounds in Twenty20 internationals to help West Indies win their first world championship since 1979, said he had wanted to cause panic in the Sri Lankan team by attacking their best bowler.

West Indies had a poor, nervous start to the final. After winning the toss, they took 17 balls to score a run off the bat. After six overs they were 14 for 2, and 32 for 2 after 10. Samuels, though, went after Lasith Malinga, considered not only the best in Sri Lanka but arguably the best in the world in this format. Malinga went for 54 in his four overs, which contained five sixes by Samuels, one of which was the biggest of the tournament.

"The wickets here have been slow," Samuels said. "[My plan has been] If I get in there, I will eventually come out on top. Today was a different mindset. I decided to attack their best bowler, which is Malinga. It paid off for me in the end."

Ever since his comeback to international cricket, Samuels has been a determined man, determined to make up for the lost time. He has already marked his comeback with Test centuries against England and New Zealand, and said he wanted West Indies to carry this momentum into five-day format.

"I am going to give it a rest," Samuels said. "Until the Test series in Bangladesh starts. I need to set my standards for at least five centuries until the end of the year."

Samuels wore a yellow neckerchief during the final - a good-luck charm, he said. "[It's for] good luck. I take it on tour, and I decided I am going to wear it to the final. I batted with it underneath my shirt, and fielded with it outside. Got couple of wickets."

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  • amisehWINDIEScricket4life on October 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Samuels attacking Malinga was the starw that broke the camel's back for Srilanka. Bravo!!! Marlon you indeed went for the kill and it work fantasticallly!!

  • Mustafa786110 on October 8, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    That's a gem of an innings. This really shows the character of the West Indies side, they are brave and have big heart, though reckless at times but they really enjoy the game and play it in right spirit unlike Lankans who just play it to win it. Attacking Malinga is another sign of the same thing, most of the sides submit to the fact they cannot attack Malinga and think its impossible but Samuels showed that with right technique it can be done very effectively. Hats off to WIndies team and Samuels specially!

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    marlon you made wi fans very happy

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    well done west indies you could be anything , congrats to gibson ,sammy and to the w,i board you made a great discision to appoint gibson ,sammy.

  • khiladisher on October 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    SAMUELS HAS GOT GREAT TALENT AND HE HAS PROVED IT TODAY WITH THE GREATEST T-20 KNOCK EVER-AND THAT TOO IN A PRESSURE WORLD CUP FINAL MATCH.HIS KNOCK WILL BE TALKED ABOUT FOR YEARS-HOW HE BATTED LIKE A GENIUS WHEN OTHER 21 PLAYERS STRUGGLED TO PUT BAT TO BALL. 7/10/12-RE-BIRTH OF A GREAT TALENT. HE SHOULD EASILY BE THE BATSMAN TO WATCH OUT FOR IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS ALONG WITH GAYLE-KOHLI- WARNER AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST SHANE WATSON-THE FUTURE LEGEND OF CRICKET.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    come to Bangladesh.....buddy. We'll see how u make 5 tons. & don't forget abt the last ODI match against B'desh where u ppl were all out for 60 runs earlier this year.

    so....FINISH UP with your parties & get ready for the tour of Bangladesh.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Congrats to the West Indies, great job guys. Teamwork with individual brilliance makes a winning combination. I just want to also correct the first statement; West Indies won the 2004 Champions Trophy in England.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 7, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Best T20 innings ever under that pressure v those bowlers in their backyard with a full crowd it really was special never seen anyone hit Malinga so much incredible how Marlon wasn't man of the series ? Watson was great early on but again he choked in the pressure games v Pak and W.I spin, Marlon hit runs in Semi the final group stages and also bowled and hit the winning 6 in the super over v NZ !

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Request you to correct your facts; West Indies won the last world championship back in 2006 (final against England).

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    To term Malina the best 20-20 bowler is exaggeration. Of course, he is wonderful limited over bowler, but he fails miserably against team like India while other teams like Pakistan are scared of him. Ajmal and Narine are the best at least in Subcontinent wicket. Today when Samuel was thrashing him all over the stadium, I wished if Malinga could bowl 2 more addtitional overs so that Samels can score his 100 easily.

  • amisehWINDIEScricket4life on October 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Samuels attacking Malinga was the starw that broke the camel's back for Srilanka. Bravo!!! Marlon you indeed went for the kill and it work fantasticallly!!

  • Mustafa786110 on October 8, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    That's a gem of an innings. This really shows the character of the West Indies side, they are brave and have big heart, though reckless at times but they really enjoy the game and play it in right spirit unlike Lankans who just play it to win it. Attacking Malinga is another sign of the same thing, most of the sides submit to the fact they cannot attack Malinga and think its impossible but Samuels showed that with right technique it can be done very effectively. Hats off to WIndies team and Samuels specially!

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    marlon you made wi fans very happy

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    well done west indies you could be anything , congrats to gibson ,sammy and to the w,i board you made a great discision to appoint gibson ,sammy.

  • khiladisher on October 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    SAMUELS HAS GOT GREAT TALENT AND HE HAS PROVED IT TODAY WITH THE GREATEST T-20 KNOCK EVER-AND THAT TOO IN A PRESSURE WORLD CUP FINAL MATCH.HIS KNOCK WILL BE TALKED ABOUT FOR YEARS-HOW HE BATTED LIKE A GENIUS WHEN OTHER 21 PLAYERS STRUGGLED TO PUT BAT TO BALL. 7/10/12-RE-BIRTH OF A GREAT TALENT. HE SHOULD EASILY BE THE BATSMAN TO WATCH OUT FOR IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS ALONG WITH GAYLE-KOHLI- WARNER AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST SHANE WATSON-THE FUTURE LEGEND OF CRICKET.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    come to Bangladesh.....buddy. We'll see how u make 5 tons. & don't forget abt the last ODI match against B'desh where u ppl were all out for 60 runs earlier this year.

    so....FINISH UP with your parties & get ready for the tour of Bangladesh.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Congrats to the West Indies, great job guys. Teamwork with individual brilliance makes a winning combination. I just want to also correct the first statement; West Indies won the 2004 Champions Trophy in England.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 7, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Best T20 innings ever under that pressure v those bowlers in their backyard with a full crowd it really was special never seen anyone hit Malinga so much incredible how Marlon wasn't man of the series ? Watson was great early on but again he choked in the pressure games v Pak and W.I spin, Marlon hit runs in Semi the final group stages and also bowled and hit the winning 6 in the super over v NZ !

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Request you to correct your facts; West Indies won the last world championship back in 2006 (final against England).

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    To term Malina the best 20-20 bowler is exaggeration. Of course, he is wonderful limited over bowler, but he fails miserably against team like India while other teams like Pakistan are scared of him. Ajmal and Narine are the best at least in Subcontinent wicket. Today when Samuel was thrashing him all over the stadium, I wished if Malinga could bowl 2 more addtitional overs so that Samels can score his 100 easily.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    This man got some heart, else any other would say I wanted to attack part timers. Well done...Best of luck from an Indian.

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  • on October 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    This man got some heart, else any other would say I wanted to attack part timers. Well done...Best of luck from an Indian.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    To term Malina the best 20-20 bowler is exaggeration. Of course, he is wonderful limited over bowler, but he fails miserably against team like India while other teams like Pakistan are scared of him. Ajmal and Narine are the best at least in Subcontinent wicket. Today when Samuel was thrashing him all over the stadium, I wished if Malinga could bowl 2 more addtitional overs so that Samels can score his 100 easily.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Request you to correct your facts; West Indies won the last world championship back in 2006 (final against England).

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 7, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Best T20 innings ever under that pressure v those bowlers in their backyard with a full crowd it really was special never seen anyone hit Malinga so much incredible how Marlon wasn't man of the series ? Watson was great early on but again he choked in the pressure games v Pak and W.I spin, Marlon hit runs in Semi the final group stages and also bowled and hit the winning 6 in the super over v NZ !

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Congrats to the West Indies, great job guys. Teamwork with individual brilliance makes a winning combination. I just want to also correct the first statement; West Indies won the 2004 Champions Trophy in England.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    come to Bangladesh.....buddy. We'll see how u make 5 tons. & don't forget abt the last ODI match against B'desh where u ppl were all out for 60 runs earlier this year.

    so....FINISH UP with your parties & get ready for the tour of Bangladesh.

  • khiladisher on October 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    SAMUELS HAS GOT GREAT TALENT AND HE HAS PROVED IT TODAY WITH THE GREATEST T-20 KNOCK EVER-AND THAT TOO IN A PRESSURE WORLD CUP FINAL MATCH.HIS KNOCK WILL BE TALKED ABOUT FOR YEARS-HOW HE BATTED LIKE A GENIUS WHEN OTHER 21 PLAYERS STRUGGLED TO PUT BAT TO BALL. 7/10/12-RE-BIRTH OF A GREAT TALENT. HE SHOULD EASILY BE THE BATSMAN TO WATCH OUT FOR IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS ALONG WITH GAYLE-KOHLI- WARNER AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST SHANE WATSON-THE FUTURE LEGEND OF CRICKET.

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    well done west indies you could be anything , congrats to gibson ,sammy and to the w,i board you made a great discision to appoint gibson ,sammy.

  • on October 8, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    marlon you made wi fans very happy

  • Mustafa786110 on October 8, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    That's a gem of an innings. This really shows the character of the West Indies side, they are brave and have big heart, though reckless at times but they really enjoy the game and play it in right spirit unlike Lankans who just play it to win it. Attacking Malinga is another sign of the same thing, most of the sides submit to the fact they cannot attack Malinga and think its impossible but Samuels showed that with right technique it can be done very effectively. Hats off to WIndies team and Samuels specially!