Now, say what you like about Samuels the elegant and classy Jamaica and Windies batsman, but there is no denial of the fact that he always shows up more often than not when the going gets tough.
He has proved time and again that he is a big match winner, and his name ought to be the first to be penciled in any Windies team named until the ‘young guns’ have proved their worth.
When Virat Kohli threatened to massacre the Windies bowling attack in the third One Day International and put India in the driving position, by placing them two-up in the five-match ODI series, Samuels had other ideas in stopping them in their tracks.
Given the ball in the 40th over by captain Holder, Samuels did not disappoint as he ended the match with figures of 3-12, bowling India’s top honcho Kohli for 107 in his first over and ultimately helping Windies to win the game by 43 runs.
Surprisingly, Samuels has not factored much in the runs’ column since his arrival in India, one of his notable runs scoring grounds.
Nevertheless, he has stepped up to the plate in the bowling department in the third ODI albeit not doing much bowling on tour.
“I haven’t been bowling in the nets much because I’m coming back from a knee injury,” said Samuels.
“… but I have been putting in a lot of work,” said Samuels.
Samuels has scored only 22 runs at an average of just over seven, in the three games he has played thus far and is eager and anxious to have that anomaly corrected.
With the series evenly poised at 1-1, Samuels believes that he can up the ante in the next two games and is chomping at the bit to do so.
“We are not looking to compete anymore, we are looking to win,” Samuels reportedly said.
“I haven’t scored any runs yet but when the game is on the line you know I put my hand up, so India better watch out,” he added.
Samuels also expressed satisfaction with the unity among the players and the willingness of everyone to contribute to the success of the team.
“It’s good to see us playing as a unit, and we’re getting stronger and stronger,” he said.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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