Not satisfied, wanted a ton against India: Samuels
Bridgetown: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is not satisfied with his 78-run knock against India in the ongoing second Test as he wanted to notch up a hundred against the world number one side.
"I have done well against them but they are presently world`s number one team. I want to score bigger runs against them. I have raised the bar; set bigger standards for myself. I want to be consistent," said the batsman, who averages 59.20 against India.
"I wanted to make a 100, I am not satisfied with my 78. In domestic cricket, I have been scoring a lot of 100s and 200s and I now want the work to see it."
A feature of Samuels` innings was his riveting battle with Ishant Sharma who probed him relentlessly with moving deliveries on the off-stump.
"There is not only a lot of competition on the field but also off it between me and Ishant. He wants to get me out and I keep telling him I wouldn`t get out to him. He bowled extremely well and it was tough but he didn`t get me out," he said.
Samuels, against his natural instincts, was almost run-less in the early part of his innings.
"I knew it was a longer version of the game and I wanted to take my time. I was determined to spend a lot of time inside. I wanted to score my 100 and then express myself (with attacking strokeplay)," Samuels said.
Samuels claimed there is a harder fire burning inside him after the hardships he went through during the two-year ban for involvement in betting.
"I got a chance after two years in Jamaica and scored 55 runs. Yet I was left out. There is harder fire inside me. I knew when the opportunity presents itself, I need to grab it with both hands," he said.
"I have faced a lot of obstacles in my life. But it has helped me take life more seriously. Since cricket is the base of my life, I am taking cricket even more seriously," he added.
Samuels was instrumental in his team reaching 190 runs, just 11 runs adrift of India, but the batsman rued the lost opportunity to score a century.
Samuels batted at number six in the present Test and he doesn`t mind coming down the order.
"Steve Waugh once told me that batting at six is a lot of runs with the tail," he quipped.