Marlon Samuels won the Man-of-the-match award in the World T20 2016 final and it was a gem of a knock that landed West Indies their second World T20 title. Samuels is such a key member of the side. There is a saying that the Jamaican might not turn up for the entire tournament, but cometh the hour, cometh the man, Samuels is up for the task and almost never fails to turn up. Even in the 2012 finals against Sri Lanka, the Windies were shepherded by Samuels, who led them to a formidable total. in Kolkata, the Windies were facing a tall order with their side at 11 for 3 before the Samuels show began. Carlos Brathwaite had the final say in the contest with four consecutive sixes off four ball from the bowling of Ben Stokes. (Also Read: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Brilliant Carlos Brathwaite, Super Marlon Samuels win World T20 for West Indies)
Samuels is quite a popular member of the dressing room too. Who can forget the West Indian side pulling Samuels’s shirt after he took a wicket and later Chris Gayle hailed his teammate, calling him one of the most important people in the dressing room. Here, Nasser Hussain was interviewing him as Samuels collected his prize and thanked England and English cricket, stating that it helped him in his growing up years. Shane Warne has been constantly barracking Samuels as a pundit throughout the tournament and the West Indies No 3 decided to use the stage as his oyster and take a dig at the spin legend. Also Read: West Indies vs England, Video Highlights of the final
Samuels said, “I know about finals, when I come to finals, I turn up for the team. All respect to the England players, we want to move from strength to strength – this is for the Caribbean. I want to dedicate this award to Warne, who has been constantly criticising me. I want to sign off by saying that I don’t talk, I answer with my bat.” This is not the first time that Warne has been in a position where he has had to eat his words. Darren Sammy’s speech was even more soul-stirring.