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Match-winner Marlon enjoys his moment

Windies veteran hits out at critics after producing magnificent innings in the World T20 final

Cricket Network

4 April 2016, 04:00 PM AEST

Samuels on Warne, Stokes and World T20 win

He hit out at Shane Warne, had a dig at Ben Stokes and West Indies star Marlon Samuels had plenty more to say following his man-of-the-match performance in the World T20 final.

The Jamaican helped steer his side to an improbable victory over India in Kolkata, finishing unbeaten with 85 from 66 balls as the Windies became the first team to claim two WT20 titles.

While allrounder Carlos Brathwaite was the hero thanks to his quartet of sixes in the final over, it was Samuels who was the match-winner having rescued the Windies from a perilous 3-11 in the third over of the run chase.

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And having fired at a shot at his long-time rival Warne, and responded to another of his repeated sparring-partners in Stokes, Samuels took aim at the many critics of the West Indies side.

With his pads still strapped to his legs, Samuels reclined in his chair at his post-match press conference and placed his feet on the table in front of him before responding to questions from the world's media.

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"(There was) a lot of negative stuff, not just in the last couple of weeks but a couple of years," the 35-year-old said.

"We want to improve in Test cricket and in one-day cricket, but we have been a force to reckon with in the T20 version.

"But still, before we enter any tournament or any game, they are still talking a lot of negative stuff.

"And now a few people should be honest with themselves and give credit where credit is due.

"We are a wonderful team, we play with passion and with love, not for ourselves but (for) the Caribbean people.

"Cricket means the entire world to them, just as cricket is in India, it is a religion."

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Samuels has been the match-winner in the Windies' two World T20 final triumphs having played a similarly crucial role in the side's victory over Sri Lanka four years ago.

Having chosen to bat first in the 2012 tournament decider, the Windies were immediately on the back foot when they slumped to 2-14 at the end of the Power Play, a run rate of just 2.33 per over.

Samuels had been part of the early go-slow and was 26 from 37 balls at end of the 12th over, the Windies still on life support with a run rate of just 4.

It was then that the lackadaisical right-hander exploded, hitting T20 star Lasith Malinga for three sixes in five balls and then – despite wickets falling at the other end – went again, hitting 19 from Malinga's next over before eventually falling for 78 from 56 balls, including six of the eight sixes that were scored in the match.

In a final that featured only 238 runs scored and a next top score of 33, his performance was one of the best in the tournament's history.

And Samuels delivered again at Eden Gardens on Sunday night, leading his side to another improbable victory.

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"I don't have to use much words to explain that, we've done it on many occasions," Samuels said of the side's ability to fight their way out of trouble.

"We believe in ourselves and we believe in each other, and we believe that whoever the next player is who goes out to bat, he can get it done as well.

"We stay calm and the most important thing is, don't panic in any situation, that is what we stress as a team."