Marlon Nathaniel Samuels, commonly known as Marlon Samuels is a right handed batsman and a right arm offbreak bowler with the West Indies cricket team. He has also played for the Jamaican cricket team. At present, he is part of the Pune Warriors India team to play at the IPL 5 season 2012.
Marlon Samuels started playing first class cricket in 1996. He made his debut in International cricket in a One day International match against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in October 2000. He bowled 6 overs and gave away 30 runs however could not claim any wickets. He scored 19 runs in 32 balls which also included 2 boundaries before getting caught and bowled by Wickramasinghe. Sri Lanka won the match by 108 runs.
The same year in December, Samuels played his first test match against Australia at Adelaide. He was trapped leg before wicket by Miller after hitting 4 boundaries and scoring 35 runs off 92 balls in the first innings. He also claimed 2 wickets in the innings giving away just 49 runs in 19 overs. The spell also included 6 maiden overs. In the second innings, Samuels could only score 3 runs and could not even claim a single wicket in the 6 overs that he bowled giving away 17 runs. Australia went on to win the match by 5 wickets. He was also a part of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup West Indies team.
In a total of 130 One day International matches, Samuels has scored 3041 runs with a high score of 108 runs not out and a strike rate 74.17 which includes 2 centuries and 22 fifties. He also has 67 wickets in ODIs’.
In 37 test matches, Samuels has scored 1824 runs with a high score of 105 runs and a strike rate of 46.01. This includes 2 hundreds and 13 half centuries.
Marlon won the for the first time Man of the Match in Test cricket and was awarded the title of the Man of the Match in ODI for five times.
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