January 31, 2013
Warne really pushed me - Samuels
Marlon Samuels has revealed that it took great restraint not to have resorted to blows with Australian cricket legend Shane Warne following their on-field confrontation during the Australian Big Bash T20 game between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars earlier this month.
Samuels irritated the Stars during their innings when he appeared to have blocked off David Hussey as he looked to complete a second run. When Samuels came to the crease for his team's reply, Warne angrily confronted him at the end of an over and took hold of his shirt.
In the following over, Warne, running in to field, collected the ball and threw it hitting Samuels, who was standing at his crease. Samuels responded by throwing his bat in Warne's direction.
"It (tossing the bat) was really more in disgust, as I was basically walking to him," Samuels, who in the same match got struck in his right eye by a bouncer from Lasith Malinga, revealed.
The injury sustained from the blow resulted in him losing sight in his eye for over two weeks.
"Look at Shane Warne's size compared to mine, why would I use the bat, I was basically going for him because that was the boiling point."
"He was like walking away and twirling his hand around, as if to say I am crazy, but he was the crazy person. That was the boiling point, but he actually ran away from it."
The 31-year-old all-rounder stated that he has never before had someone irritate him to that extent.
"He pushed the boundary a bit too far, because I have never seen someone behave like that in all my time playing cricket," Samuels said.
"He was just pushing and pushing and pressing the button and that's how I got off in the hearing as well."
Samuels is accustomed to 'sledging' in cricket and is prepared for it, but what he has a difficulty with is someone getting physical.
"When you look at what Shane Warne was basically doing, it was not normal," Samuels said.
"Usually, they (Australians) like to talk; talk, talk and I don't have a problem with the talk, but Shane Warne pushed it beyond the boundary. I had to do my best to hold it back.
"When you going somewhere people will always attack you, and I don't mind them attacking me, just don't touch me."
Samuels believes Warne was defending something that was not necessary, as Hussey had not taken offence to his antics.
Samuels yesterday handed over a cheque valued at $50,000 to the Salvation Army School for the Blind to assist five students sitting five CXC subjects each. He also intends to help the institution to purchase Braille machines.