After playing a man-of-the match innings to guide the West Indies past England in the final of last month’s ICC World Twenty20 Samuels managed to garner as much attention for his post-game antics as on-field heroics. Following the end of the match the batsman berated fast bowler Benn Stokes and commentator Shane Warne, before putting his padded feet on the table in the post-match press conference. His behaviour drew widespread criticism and a fine from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“A lot of people ask me if he (Samuels) is from Jamaica. He is from Jamaica but he is a different Jamaican. He is a confident fellow. He has won the World T20 twice, as you know after winning the World T20. He played a tremendous knock against Sri Lanka in 2012 and he had done it again in the final against England this year,” Russell added.
“I heard that when he went inside the post-match press conference, he did put his foot up. I don’t know how to explain that but it wasn’t good. But at the same time, being a world champion for me was a very good feeling. Cricket continues and goes on. I did celebrate for a week and then that’s it, then came back to IPL as it all started. That was hilarious from Marlon,” the 27-year-old said.