England bowler Ben Stokes has praised West Indies star Marlon Samuels for a match-winning performance in the ICC World Twenty/20 final, but admits the batsman probably won’t make his Christmas card list for his behavior afterwards.
Stokes endured a torrid time in his final over of the match as West Indies batsman Carlos Brathwaite hit four straight sixes to end a tightly contested game and wrap up the title. According to Stokes, Samuels, who had a man-of-the-match knock of 85, wasn’t entirely the most gracious victor as he was quick to give the bowler a hard time.
“I knew you had to let the winning team have ten minutes to celebrate winning the World Cup. At the same time, you have also got to play the game in the right way when it’s finished,” Stokes told IANS.
“A few of those West Indies guys didn’t do that, Marlon being one of them, which was unfortunate. He won’t be on my Christmas card list or anything else really.”
The occasion wasn’t the first time the pair have locked horns. Samuels and Stokes were also involved in a verbal spat during England’s tour of the Caribbean last year. The incident led to Samuels saluting Stoke following his dismissal. Samuels’ actions this time around didn’t go entirely unnoticed as he was fined for his overtures towards the bowler following the team’s win. “You have to say, ‘he got the better of us and of me that day’. But there’s a fine line between having a battle and not being gracious in victory.”