Legendary West Indian skipper Darren Sammy has made an interesting revelation that England str Ben Stokes’ comments had unknowingly motivated Marlon Samuels during the ICC World T20 2016 final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The Caribbean men famously snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to win their record second T20 World Cup crown. Meanwhile, English Test skipper Joe Root who was also a part of that epic encounter. Both Sammy and Root were recently interacting on Sky Sports’ Cricket Watch.
“Marlon told us something, and maybe Root could confirm that when Marlon came in at 11-3. He came to bowl and he said something like ‘you guys, I would like to see you come out of this one’ and Marlon was just taking his time, making sure that comment, whatever he (Ben Stokes) said to him as he walked in, that got him really focussed.” said Sammy.
However, Joe Root who was the vice-captain at that time, claimed that Samuels might have slightly fabricated the story.
“It would have been a good effort because Ben was at long-on, so I don’t know how that happened. He might have just made it up,” said Root
But, Sammy wasn’t buying into Root’s claim and then revealed what Marlon had told Ben after the end of the contest.
“When he was bowling to him, Ben Stokes was bowling an over to him and he said something to Marlon during that time. Because Marlon told us about it. He was really pumped. If you notice, in the back end, Marlon said something to him after that. But it’s all cricket man,” Sammy clarified.
West Indies restricted England to a mediocre total of 155/9 in their 20 overs after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. In response, the powerhouses got off to the worst possible start and were reeling at 11/3 after big-hitters Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons left early on. However, Marlon Samuels arrived and went on to play a matchwinning knock of an unbeaten 85.
Despite Samuels’ heroics the ball seemed to be in England’s court with 19 needing off the final over that was bowled by Ben Stokes. Nonetheless, history was made when Carlos Braithwaite clobbered Stokes for four consecutive sixes to pull off one of the most incredible wins in the history of world cricket. Samuels was adjudged Man of the Match for his splendid innings under pressure.