Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Relief for Samuels after 'a lot of tough times'

Abhishek Purohit in Colombo

October 7, 2012

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Marlon Samuels walked into the post-final press conference with the serious air of a man who had suffered and had come back to script an achievement so rare and so stunning that a jaunty expression might belittle his accomplishment. About the only time he broke into bit of a smile was when he spoke about taking on Lasith Malinga.

Samuels has had a mercurial career, having also been banned for two years in 2008 for actions that could bring him or the game into disrepute. He spoke of how difficult a time it had been. "The career has been up and down," Samuels said. "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 the World Twenty20 triumph had shown to the world that West Indies cricket was back, and hoped that would bring back a lot of fans to watch the team. "We haven't been winning any major title for years now," Samuels said. "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 was almost single-handedly responsible for West Indies getting to 137 for 6 after they had been 32 for 2 at the halfway mark. Half of his 78 runs came in just 11 deliveries against Lasith Malinga, who he hit for five sixes and a four. "I was waiting there for someone to come and build a partnership," Samuels said. "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," Samuels said. "I was very upset. This was my time today to get back at him."

Once West Indies had got close to 140, Samuels was confident of their chances. "Having batted most of the overs on the pitch, my advice was that it was still a challenging total," he said. "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."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Samar_Singh on (October 9, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Great exhibition of shots. Very well played Samuels..

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Well done Samuels...the way he played malinga was brutal...:)))

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

great team effort, this one is for all those who believed that the WI could not perform without Gayle. This was a complete team effort!!! Well done Windies!!!!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Congratulations, WI! You kept your heads together while our SL boys did not. Hope WI will soon become the marauders of the Vivian Richards era, again. Best Wishes!

Posted by Alkais on (October 8, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Just wondering what a team will this current Windies Team will be when all of these current player fire together in both Test and ODIs. Gayle,Bravos,Samuels, Braithwaite,Rampaul,Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine. Would love to see all of these players fire together. This team should get one bowler who is like Curtly Ambrose, then this current team will be one team to defeat and play with. Would be a fantastic contest.

Posted by AKHLAQ11 on (October 8, 2012, 19:17 GMT)


Posted by hash98 on (October 8, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Well done truly deserved this title. Best of luck!!!

Posted by nuffsaid on (October 8, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Well done! and Kudos to the whole WI unit for the trump. We indeed need a very strong WI side to keep a balance in the cricketing world for globalizing and nursing this great game! Aussie and mean India can't do any good to this game.. One more time thanks for bringing back the history!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 8, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

This was the 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 brutally all around the ground ! incredible how Marlon wasn't man of the series ? Watson was amazing 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 runs with a 6 in the super over v NZ !

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 8, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

@gmsjgmsj " Samuels also talked of how test cricket was the most important format.. This is a sincere and serious observation coming from a player who had just won a World Cup for his country. ICC should take note of this and improve the standard of test matches world-wide." INDEED I thought this would have made a headline on Cricinfo it doesn't seem to have even been mentioned that was a great and honest statement from Samuels I think he also added he hope to take W.I back into the top of Test cricket as he loves Test cricket and it will always be the best cricket.

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