Marlon Samuels

Country: West Indies
Born: February 05, 1981, Kingston, Jamaica
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Marlon Samuels Bio

Marlon Nathaniel Samuels is a talented cricketer from West Indies who has had a tumultuous career marred by controversies. Born on February 15, 1981, in Kingston, Jamaica, Samuels is a right-handed batsman and a handy part-time offspinner. Although he possesses immense ability, he has struggled to realize his full potential due to his off-field issues.

Samuels burst onto the international scene at the tender age of 19 when he made his Test debut without having represented his native Jamaica in a first-class match. His composure and skill drew comparisons to the legendary Viv Richards, although those comparisons were deemed unfair. With near faultless technique and an exuberant confidence, Samuels displayed a bullish approach to the game, even neglecting his schoolwork as he believed exams were irrelevant to future Test cricketers.

Unfortunately, his overconfidence and perceived arrogance often landed him in trouble. In 2002, Samuels defied a team curfew while on tour in India, which nearly got him sent home. Despite the incident, he was retained in the team and responded with a disciplined maiden Test century in Kolkata. However, his lack of consistency resulted in him being a sporadic member of the team in the 2000s.

Just before his selection for the 2007 World Cup, Samuels found himself embroiled in a major controversy. Nagpur police alleged that he passed on match-related information to an alleged bookie ahead of an ODI against India. Although investigations by the International Cricket Council (ICC) were ongoing, he was included in the World Cup squad, where he only experienced brief success, ending the tournament by running out Brian Lara in his last international innings.

Further allegations surfaced in 2008 when Samuels was found guilty of “receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute.” As a result, he was banned for two years during a time when West Indies desperately needed stability in their middle-order.

Samuels made his international comeback in 2011, returning to the West Indies Test and ODI teams. However, it wasn’t until the tour to England in 2012 that he truly showcased his abilities. Facing a formidable bowling attack and challenging conditions, Samuels amassed 386 runs in five innings, including a century and three fifties. His correct technique and stylish strokeplay defied the England bowlers, earning him recognition and praise.

In the same year, Samuels achieved a career highlight by playing a crucial role in West Indies’ victory in the World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka. His gutsy and snappy knock of 78 lifted his team out of a challenging situation, leading them to their first world title since the 1979 World Cup. Shortly after this triumph, he notched up his first Test double-century, scoring an impressive 260 against Bangladesh in Khulna.

However, Samuels has struggled to maintain consistency and has battled with injuries throughout his career. His lack of form in Tests and limited-overs competitions, including the World T20, precipitated his exclusion from the national team after just one Test in the home series against New Zealand in June 2014.

Additionally, Samuels’ bowling action has faced scrutiny. In November 2013, during the second Test against India in Mumbai, he was reported for a suspect action alongside offspinner Shane Shillingford. Following a biomechanical analysis of his action, Samuels was prohibited from bowling quicker deliveries in international cricket in December 2013.

Despite the controversies and setbacks, Samuels’ talent and potential are undeniable. With over 13,000 international runs and numerous memorable performances to his name, he continues to be instrumental in West Indies’ cricketing journey. As a resilient and determined individual, Samuels has shown glimpses of his immense ability and, when focused and in form, remains a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field.

Marlon Samuels Career Stats

Marlon Samuels Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 71 127 7 3917 260 32.64 8219 47.65 7 24 537 32 28 0
T20Is 67 65 10 1611 89* 29.29 1386 116.23 0 10 144 69 12 0
ODIs 207 196 26 5606 133* 32.97 7463 75.11 10 30 526 118 50 0
FC 122 211 12 7295 260 36.65 - - 14 40 - - 68 0
List A 275 261 36 7652 133* 34 - - 14 44 - - 66 0
T20s 187 181 38 4571 106* 31.96 3876 117.93 2 29 388 191 45 0

Marlon Samuels Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 71 69 4392 2445 41 4/13 6/50 59.63 3.34 107.1 1 0 0
T20Is 67 30 479 622 22 3/23 3/23 28.27 7.79 21.7 0 0 0
ODIs 207 134 5091 4127 89 3/12 3/12 46.37 4.86 57.2 0 0 0
FC 122 - 7432 3909 71 5/87 - 55.05 3.15 104.6 - 1 0
List A 275 - 7003 5464 135 4/21 4/21 40.47 4.68 51.8 2 0 0
T20s 187 92 1636 1957 70 3/10 3/10 27.95 7.17 23.3 0 0 0

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