Kolkata, April 04 (ANI): West Indies veteran batsman Marlon Samuels has launched a blistering tirade on Australian spin legend Shane Warne after his match-winning performance against England guided his side to their second World Twenty20 title.
“This is for Shane Warne,” said Samuels, while accepting his Man-of-the-Match award for his unbeaten 85-run knock in the final as West Indies defeated England by thrilling four wickets to become the first side to win the coveted trophy twice.
Samuels has had a long history of strained relationship with Warne. It erupted in the second season of the Big Bash League in 2013 when the leg-spinner’s throw from a close range whizzed by Samuels’ face after which Samuels responded angrily by hurling his bat in the bowler’s direction.
The latest attack came in the wake of Warne’s comments on Samuels, who was described as ’embarrassing’ and ‘pretty boring’ after his dismissal for eight during the high-octane semifinal clash against hosts India in Mumbai on Thursday.
“Every team I play for, Shane Warne has a problem with me,” said Samuels while continuing his verbal tirade against the Australian. “I don’t know what, I’ve never disrespected him, it seems he has a lot inside him that he needs to come out with. 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 is because my face is real and his face is not.”
However, Samuels was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for using abusive and offensive language directed at Ben Stokes after Carlos Braithwaite hit the bowler for four successive sixes. (ANI)