Victorious Samuels revels in Stokes' misery


Marlon Samuels once again taunted Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder was taken for four successive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite to ensure West Indies claimed World Twenty20 glory in Kolkata.

Samuels, who made 85 not out to underpin West Indies' successful chase, and Stokes have frequently clashed on the field in recent times, most famously when the Jamaican batsman gave his rival a mocking 'salute' send-off during a Test match in the Caribbean last April.

After seeing the England all-rounder concede 24 runs in four balls to Brathwaite at the end of Sunday's thrilling final, Samuels - who was fined 30 per cent of his match fee by the ICC for using "abusive and offensive language" to Stokes in the final over - lined up another dig.

Speaking at a post-match news conference, Samuels said: "Stokes is a nervous lad, isn't he? What I told Brathwaite is to just hold his pose, he's going to bowl a couple of full-tosses, as always - and it [will] work in our favour.

"He [Stokes] doesn't learn because they keep telling him, whenever he plays against me, do not speak to me because I'm going to perform.

"I didn't even face a ball today and he had so much to say, so I know that I have to be right there until the end again."

A long-running feud with Shane Warne was also re-opened by Samuels, who had earlier claimed criticism from the legendary spinner had provided the motivation for his man-of-the-match performance.

"Shane Warne has a problem with me. I don't know what. I've never disrespected him. It seems as if he has a lot inside him that needs to come out," a fired-up Samuels added.

"I don't appreciate the way that he continues to talk about me and the things he keeps doing. I don't know, maybe it's because my face is real and his face is not."

Skipper Darren Sammy revelled in proving a point of his own, as one of several members of the squad not considered for Test and one-day international selection by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

A contract dispute with the WICB overshadowed West Indies' preparations for this tournament, yet they were nevertheless able to reclaim a title they first won in 2012.

"Like I said [in the] post-match [presentation], I don't know when I'll have these guys in the dressing room [again]," said Sammy.

"You look at the schedule, I don't see any T20s scheduled for this year. Because of the system in the Caribbean, we have a tri-series and then we have a series against India and we are not eligible for selection, so this tournament meant a lot, not only for me but for the guys.

"I said from the inception we play for a cause and I really want to commend the men for the way they have put the focus into the cricket. Now the cricket is over, we can deal with all the issues that we want to talk about."