Marlon Samuels is undoubtedly the savior of West Indies in a crunch situation. Samuels was at his destructive best in Colombo in 2012, when he saved his side against a rampant Sri Lankan outfit after the West Indies were dented early in their innings. Last night as well, as the men from the Caribbean seemed out of sorts and pummeled after losing a couple of early wickets, Samuels stepped up to lead West Indies to glory.
Samuels was simply impeccable as his unbeaten knock of 85 was instrumental in helping the West Indies to overhaul England’s score and lift their second World T20 crown. However, in his post-match interaction with the media, Samuels added that he was motivated by all the negativity which lingered around the West Indies team.
“The team was motivated by a lot of negative stuff, not just in the last couple of weeks but a couple of years,” said Samuels. “We want to improve in Test cricket and the one-day version, but we have been a force to reckon with in the T20 version. But still, before we enter the tournament, they are still talking a lot of negative stuff,” he said. “And now a few people should be honest with themselves and give credit where credit is due. We are a wonderful team, we play with passion and for love, not for ourselves but for the Caribbean people. Cricket means the entire world to them, just as cricket is in India, it is a religion.”
Samuels also discussed his own knock where he led the charge for West Indies with the bat. Samuels began slowly as he had to steady the ship before taking off. Along with all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Samuels settled the run chase before taking off with the lower order.
“I don’t have to use many words to explain that, we’ve done it on many occasions. We believe in ourselves and we believe in each other, and we believe that whoever the next player is who goes out to bat, he can get it done as well. We stay calm and the most important thing is, don’t panic in any situation, that is the most important thing we stress as a team,” Samuels said about his knock in the final against England.