Kolkata: On Sunday at the Eden Gardens, Marlon Samuels played another gem of an innings in a high-pressure final. The right-hander, who played a match-winning knock against Sri Lanka in 2012 World T20 final, looked in total control during his unbeaten 85-run knock against England. (ICC World T20: FULL COVERAGE)
Minutes after Carlos Brathwaite hit the winning runs, Samuels broke into a wild celebration where he removed his shirt and followed it with an animated celebration. When he came to collect his Man of the Match trophy, Samuels lashed out at Australian legend Shane Warne.
"I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind. Shane Warne has been talking continuously and all I want to say 'this is for Shane Warne'. I answer with the bat, not the mic," Samuels said.
During a Big-Bash league game in January 2013, Samuels stopped Warne's Melbourne Stars team-mate David Hussey from taking a second run by grabbing his jersey. In the next innings, Warne lashed out at the West Indian for doing so and also abused him. That was not all, as in the same match, one of Warne's throw from close to the stumps went past Samuels, post which he threw away his bat in anger.
Even at the post match press conference, when asked about his previous statement on the maverick leg-spinner, Samuels said, "Shane Warne has a problem with me. I don't know what. I have never disrespected him. Seems he has a lot inside him that needs to come out. I don't appreciate the way he continues to talk about me and the things he keeps doing. I don't know, maybe because my face is real and his face is not."