West Indies secured the ICC World Twenty20 2016 title in a thrilling last-over win against England. Marlon Samuels, the Man of the Match, had a few things to say to Shane Warne while accepting the award.
West Indian players have been going through a tough time for some time now. It took a lot of effort for the players to perform as a team and become the world champion.
While Samuels had a lot of other people to dedicate his Man of the Match award to, he decided to dedicate it to Warne, apparently in a sarcastic manner.
The West Indian veteran has a history of ugly confrontations with Warne. He had a violent encounter with the Australian legend during the Big Bash League in 2013. After losing three wickets for 11, West Indies reached the position where they had a chance of winning it, thanks to Samuels’ 85 not out from 66 balls.
Samuels was more aggressive during the post-match press conference than he was in the match. He put his feet on the table at the press conference and said he did not appreciate the way Warne kept talking about him.
Warne, arguably the greatest leg-spinner the game has ever produced, called Samuels’ dismissal in the semi-finals against India as “embarrassing.” He was also critical about the West Indian batsman during the Australia tour in 2015-2016, the Sydney Morning Herald notes.
Samuels said he had no idea why Warne kept on commenting about him. “Seems as if he has a lot inside him that he needs to come out,” Samuels said. “I played a Test series in Australia and every day Shane Warne has a problem with me, maybe because my face is real and his face is not.”
Warne, on the other hand, was sporting enough to congratulate Samuels and his team for their performance.
He also hailed the Caribbean team to finish the match in such manner.
Samuels spoke strongly against Ben Stokes as well. Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off Stokes, while 19 was required in the final over.
Samuels was fined 30 percent of his match fee for abusing the English all-rounder, The Star notes. The West Indian said Stokes never learned anything.