One of the most intriguing player vs player battles will once again be witnessed when the ODI leg of West Indies’ tour of England commences.
Marlon Samuels and Ben Stokes will see face to face once again. The two have enjoyed a couple of standoffs between them and share a cat – mouse relationship in the past. Marlon Samuels has told his long-time rival, Ben Stokes, to zip it or pay the price should the two foes meet later this month in the West Indies’ limited-overs leg of their tour of the UK.
It all started when Stokes was saluted by the West Indian when he left the field after being dismissed in a Grenada Test of April 2015. Later on, they once again clashed during the World T20 final last year in Kolkata.
That particular match was devastating for Stokes in particular, as he conceded four straight sixes in the final over, as West Indies pocketed a stunning win. To make things more embarrassing for Stokes, Samuels enjoyed the hammering standing at the non-striker’s end. It seems that the rivalry will be revived once again, as both cricketers are a part of their respective T20I or ODI squads.
Samuels has already begun taking verbal jibes warning the vice-captain of his opposition team to stay away as far as possible from him.
“With me coming to England, he should stay on the boundary when I’m batting, as far away as possible. As long as he keeps quiet, I won’t start anything, so if anything does happen that means he has said something to me first,” Samuels told The Guardian.
“I’m going to come to England and be a good boy … At least for the start of it. He wanted to take me on a couple of years ago (in the Test where Samuels offered the infamous salute).
“He started something, and I told him he better be prepared to finish it. But I saw him during the IPL this year, and he didn’t say anything. I hope he can continue on that path. If not, I have things in place.”