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Injured Samuels returns to Jamaica

Nagraj Gollapudi

April 26, 2013

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Marlon Samuels celebrates the wicket of Cameron White with team-mates, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Pune Warriors, IPL, Hyderabad, April 5, 2013
Marlon Samuels' appearances for Pune Warriors this season have been fleeting © BCCI
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Pune Warriors have suffered a setback with West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels returning to Jamaica to recover from a groin strain and to be with his mother, who broke her knee. Samuels is likely to miss the rest of Warriors' IPL campaign, with the franchise languishing near the bottom of the league.

Samuels, one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year announced earlier this month, played only two matches, scoring eight runs and taking one wicket. He remained with Warriors for a while but the groin injury failed to improve, so Samuels requested the management to release him so that he could be with his mother in hospital.

"The groin injury was taking time to heal, but after he received news about his mom having her knee plate fractured, he became restless and asked if he could head back home," Abhijit Sarkar, Warriors' spokesperson, told ESPNcricinfo. He confirmed the franchise would not seek a replacement for Samuels. According to Sarkar, Samuels could return if he recovered from injury and Warriors made the knockouts.

After returning from a two-year ICC ban, Samuels' resurgence was dramatic: he was West Indies' best batsman on the tour of England in 2012. He was the Man of the Match in the 2012 World Twenty20 final, which West Indies won, and had come to the IPL after recovering from a facial injury suffered during the Big Bash.

Samuels' absence added to Warriors' problems this IPL season. They have lost their last three matches - Chris Gayle demoralised them by smashing Twenty20 records in Bangalore - and have only two wins after eight games. Warriors are currently above last-placed Delhi Daredevils, their next opponent at the IPL's newest venue - Raipur - on Sunday.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by delboy on (April 30, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

@TNAmarkFromIndia its worth remembering where Marlon's problems began. He will perform when he has to.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (April 27, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

"setback"? Not really. Some players are overperformers in IPL (e.g. Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir) and some are underperformers. Marlon Samuels is one of the underperformers. He has failed almost every single innings for the Pune Warriors, both last year and this year. Pune is better off without Samuels.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Pune final XI for next game should be 1.finch, 2.utappa,3. y.singh, 4.Smith, 5. Wright, 6. Suman,7.Nayar, 8.Rasool, 9.Parnell, 10.B kumar, 11.R.Sharma

They can have 2 options of spin and 4 Options of fast medium........i hope this would be right combination

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 27, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

It's a shame we haven't seen much of Marlon in the IPL his World Cup final innings is easily the best T20 knock of all time.He's the only batsman to ever completely own Malinga ! no one else has ever destroyed Malinga the way he did ! I hope next year we get to see him playing a prominent roll at a franchise like the other West Indians Gayle Smith Pollard Bravo Narine and even Cooper have done so far.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 27, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

@Anand Kannan NO way can Yuvi ever be as successful as Gayle, he doesn't have the technique mind or focus and he's scared of the short ball

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

@funkyandy You are one nice human being !!!

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

They have the right team, they need to find the right XI... with Donald?!?!? not sure they would... Taylor, Wright, Smith and Finch the 4 overseas will take them to another couple of wins

Posted by nayonika on (April 26, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Sahara's is facing very bad times with SEBI and the misfortune situations are coming to their cricket team also. Hope they recover quickly enough on all sides.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (April 26, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Pune stinks-maybe they should get Sachin :))

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