Samuels retires from all forms of cricket
West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has retired from all forms of professional cricket. He played last for West Indies in Bangladesh in December 2018. After that he was not seen in any recognized cricket.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Johnny Grave confirmed to cricket website ESPNcricinfo that Samuels had announced his retirement from professional cricket last June.
The 39-year-old Jamaican cricketer played 61 Tests, 207 ODIs and 67 T20I matches for the West Indies. He scored more than 11,000 runs with 17 centuries. He also took 152 wickets.
He also played for several T20 franchises around the world later in his career, including Pune Warriors, Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League (IPL), and Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash League (BBL).
But the most notable chapter in Samuels’ 18-year career was being named Man of the Match in two T20 World Cup finals. No one else has the unique reputation of being the best in the finals of two global tournaments.
In the final of the 2012 World Cup, Samuels played an outstanding innings of 78 runs from 56 balls. He also took 1 wicket for 15 runs in 4 overs with the ball.
Four years later, in the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup, Samuels’ innings of 85 runs from 66 balls helped the Caribbean to chase a big target against England. Carlos Brathwaite became the hero of the team at last hitting four sixes in a row, but if it was not for that innings of Samuels, West Indies might not have dreamed of victory.
Samuels’ name was also involved in various controversies outside the game. He returned to the West Indies in a hurry in the middle of a tour of India in 2014 due to wage issues, but also raised criticism at the press conference after winning the 2016 T20 World Cup final.
Also throwing the bat at Shane Warne in the Big Bash, a feud with Ben Stokes and many other controversies put Samuels’ playing life in a different light.