Marlon Samuels, the West Indies allrounder batsman who top-scored in both of their T20 World Cup final victories, announced his retirement from professional cricket on Wednesday.
According to ESPNcricinfo, 39-year-old Marlon Samuels had informed Cricket West Indies (CWI) about his retirement in June this year. He last played for the Caribbean team against Bangladesh in December 2018.
Samuels came into the limelight after playing a brilliant innings in the final of the 2012 T20 World Cup in Colombo. Against Sri Lanka, he played a valuable innings of 78 runs in 56 balls. He also took 1 wicket for 15 runs in 4 overs while bowling.
In the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup in Kolkata, Samuels scored an unbeaten 85 off 66 balls in a 4-wicket win against England. Samuels went on to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award in both the finals.
Samuels has represented a number of T20 teams during his career, including the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Pune Warriors, as well as the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Samuels played 71 Tests, 207 One Day Internationals and 67 T20 Internationals for the West Indies. He has 11,134 runs in all three international formats, including 17 centuries. He has also taken 152 international wickets.
Samuels Controversial career
Samuels’ career was also surrounded by controversies. Off the field, he was also in the discussion for the wrong reasons. In 2008 the International Cricket Council (ICC) found him guilty of taking money and defaming cricket and banned him for two years.