I am a pressure player - Samuels

April 11, 2016
@Normal:Marlon Samuels

Marquee West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has put equal weight on his innings in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in 2012 to that of his knock against England in the final of the 2016 edition in India earlier this week.

"I wouldn't rate one better than the other," said Samuels of the knocks, the highest and second highest, in World Twenty20 final history.

"At the end of the day, they both played a role in terms of winning a World Cup. I could make a hundred and the team lose. That does not make any sense. Making 85, making 70-odd, and your team wins means more to you," he added.




Batting at his customary number three position in the game's shortest version, Samuels slammed a Player of the Match 78 to help the Caribbean side defeat Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the final in Sri Lanka in 2012.

The innings, which was compiled off 56 balls, and saw Samuels entering the fray in the first over and leaving in the 18th, included six sixes and three fours at an impressive strike rate of 139.28.

The classy stroke maker, who recently turned 35, then repeated a similar feat against the English by recording an undefeated 85, which guided the West Indies to a memorable four-wicket win with two balls remaining.

The knock, which included nine fours and two sixes, came off 66 balls, and a strike rate of 128.78.

"I guess I am pressure player ... The most important thing is that I come up with the goods at the right time to help my team benefit for such a great victory," said Samuels.

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