The bat and ball game is taking over the world, making it the world’s second most popular sport.
The sport has spotlighted many outshining players, and one of them is Marlon Samuels.
Marlon was one of the renowned Jamaican cricketers who internationally played for the West Indies in all three formats and was also the ODI captain.
When it came to cricket, his technique was close to faultless, and he exuded bull-head confidence.
However, his confidence led him into perceived arrogance which landed him in plenty of trouble and controversies.
Before jumping into his life and career journey, here are some interesting facts about Marlon Samuels.
|Full name||Marlon Nathaniel Samuels|
|Birthdate||February 5, 1981|
|Age||42 Years Old|
|Father’s name||Philip Samuels|
|Mother’s name||Daphne Samuels|
|High School||Calabar High School|
|Children||2 (1 Son and 1 Daughter)|
|Children’s Name||Daughter: Dijona Samuels
Son: Dimitri Samuels
|Weight||84 kg/185 Ibs|
|Height||183 cm/6 feet|
|Body Measurements||Chest: 42 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Biceps: 15 inches
|Played for||West Indies cricket team|
|Playing role||Top-order batsman|
|Batting Style||Right-handed batting|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm off-break|
|Playing Rule||Batting All-rounder|
|International Debut||Test- December 15, 2000
ODI- October 4, 2000
T20- June 28, 2007
|Jersey Number||#7 (West Indies)
#7 (IPL, Country Cricket)
|IPL Team||Delhi Daredevils|
|BPL Team||Comilla Victorians|
|Net Worth||USD 7 Million Approx|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram|
|Merch||Cricket Bat, Cricket Kit|
|Last Update||March, 2023|
Childhood & Family
Samuels was born to Philip Samuels and Daphne Samuels on February 5, 1981. His brother, Robert Samuels, was a former cricketer for West Indies.
With ambition, hard work, and inspiration from his brother, Samuels displayed the tendency to become a great player at a young age.
Samuels used to take an absence from his school to practice batting. He believed that education was a distraction from his goal of joining the Windies cricket team.
During the tour of Australia, the West Indies played a match against Queensland. In the game, Samuels recorded his highest first-class score with an innings of 276.
Similarly, he followed up with five wickets in the next innings.
For the Bangladesh Premier League in 2012 by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, an auction was held for teams to buy players.
In the auction, Samuels was bought for $360,00 by the Duronto Rajshahi. He held the team’s highest run-scorer in the competition with 242 from the inning.
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Later, Samuels signed a contract with Pune Warriors India in 2012. He intended to play as a team member for the 2012 and 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, the 2012 IPL occurred simultaneously with Australia’s tour of the West Indies. Due to this, he was granted permission to skip the three-Test series and play in the league.
In the tournament, Samuels was reported for conducting a suspect bowling action. Such action led to suspension from bowling for the rest of the game.
Samuels’ hard work and effort led him to be selected for the Melbourne Renegades in the 2012 and 2013 Big Bash T20 League.
He contributed to Peshawar Zamli winning the 2017 Pakistan Super League. Similarly, he also helped Kowloon Cantons win the 2017 Hong Kong T20 Biltz.
Despite his contribution and success, he was not selected until the 8th round of the 2017 Caribbean Premier League Draft, as the St Lucia Stars picked him.
In a game against Indians in 2002/03, Samuels recorded his maiden Test hundred at Kolkata.
With his innings of 104, he helped the West Indies draw the 3rd test, which was made against Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan Singh, and Anil Kumble.
In the series level at 3-3 going into the final match, Samuels made a record of smacked 108, not out off, just 75 balls.
At last, his former team, the West Indies, finished the game with 315 and went to win by 135 runs.
Likewise, he also played in two tests during the 2005 tour of Australia and recorded the highest score of 29. However, later Samuels was sent home due to a knee injury.
Continuing as a Permanent Member
Samuels recorded his second ODI century in a game against Pakistan in 2006. With the help of his unbeaten 100, West Indies won.
However, later in the following month, he fell just short of another century in a game against the Indians. Despite the fall, his quick dire 98 helped his side chase down India’s with 268.
Later, Samuels played as part of the Pro Cricket League for the Chicago Tornadoes in the United States.
In the first test with South Africa, he scored 94 and 40, which earned him the match title in 2007. Later, the West Indies earned the victory by 128 runs.
Similarly, later in the final match, he scored his second test hitting 105. However, it wasn’t enough for the West Indies to win the game or the series.
In the 2007 World Cup, the last international match of Samuels, which was against England, he played a part in Brian Lara’s run-out.
Dropping from the squad & return
After the end of the 2007 world cup, in May, the West Indies toured England. However, Samuels was not a part of the squad for the Test leg.
Instead, he was given the position as a replacement for Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was out due to an injury.
In a game against England, Marlon Samuels made 77 runs from 104 balls in the second NatWest ODI.
Prohibition in 2008
Marlon Samuels was criticized and called out for his bowling action in his past match.
Similarly, in February 2008, he was again suspended from bowling at the international level until he could correct his bowling action.
He was accused of giving out team information to known bookies before the 1st ODI between the West Indies and India.
The Police taped the conversation between Marlon Samuels, Mukesh Kochchar, and a bookmaker.
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After such news about Marlon, the International Cricket Council enforced a two-year ban on the player for “receiving money or benefit that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute.”
Back in the games in 2010
After the expiration of his ban on May 9, 2010, Samuels continued playing for Jamaica.
In the 2010 World Cup, the West Indies Cricket Board asked to play as a replacement for Dwayne Bravo, who suffered from an injury.
However, Samuels declined the offer stating that he was not ready and was targeting his return during India’s tour of the West Indies, which would occur in June and July.
Later, Marlon made his first return after his ban’s expiration when the T20I squad was announced, which included him.
He continued to the Test side for the second Test and made a half-century record in his first innings.
After completing IPL, Samuels was chosen in the West Indies Test squad for England’s tour.
He was merged with Chanderpaul in a 157-run stand for the first test. Due to England’s batting, Marlon was asked to bowl to win the match on the final day.
The West Indies had participated in the match without a specialist spinner due to the players’ injury and ineffectiveness. This act caused a roar toward the part-time off-spin done by Samuels.
Samuels recorded his third Test century in his next innings.
Likewise, Darren Sammy Samuels scored 204 runs with the caption’s contribution, which was the second-highest partnership for the West Indies’ seventh wicket.
In the final of the 2012 ICC World Twent20, Samuels was given the title of man of the match.
Samuels scored 78 off 56 balls and an innings that included six sixes and three fours. He was placed in the ‘Team of the Tournament for the 2020 T20 World Cup by the ICC with a record.
In the 2016 ICC World Twnty20, he recorded an unbeaten 85 off 66 balls, for which he was honored with the title man of the match in the final.
Samuels’ contribution helped his former team beat England by a record of 4 wickets, and the team captured their second World Twenty20 title.
Samuels earned his 8th OCI century in a pool match against Zimbabwe in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
He broke the record with Chris Gayle with 372 runs for the second wicket, the highest-ever partnership for any wickets in ODIs.
Samuels’ outstanding performance led him to the West Indies cricketer of the Year title in 2016.
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Illegal bowling & drop from the squad
In 2015, Marlon Samuels was reported again for his bowling action in the first Test at Galle.
The bowling action performed by him was called out to be illegal for the second time. This led him to be banned from bowling in the international area for 12 months.
However, in a match against Pakistan, Samuels performed poorly in tests. Due to this, he was dropped from the ODI squad for the 2016-17 Zimbabwe Tri-Series.
In the Melbourne derby in 2012, Samuels held back David Hussey at the non-striker’s end while taking a second run-off at Samuel’s bowling during the Stars innings.
Such action made Shane Warne, who led Melbourne Stars, angry with him. This escalated the situation with Warne throwing a cricket ball at Samuels, who responded by throwing his bat away.
Ultimately, this caused an angry confrontation between the two mid-pitch, leading to both players’ suspension.
The Jamaican player received an injury due to a bouncer from Lasith Malinga in the same game, due to which he had to miss the rest of the BBL season.
Similarly, during the England cricket tour to the West Indies in 2014/15, he had a feud with Ben Stokes.
With the victory of scoring a century in the second test match, Samuels had mocked Stokes’s attempts to distract him with sledding as he batted.
Similarly, in 2020 tension again arose between both players.
Strokes made a joke about the tough experience of isolation, and when asked if he included Samuels in the statement, he responded with a “no, it’s that bad.”
Samuels countered on his social media with an expletive-laden post to Strokes’ statement, including Stroke’s wife.
Such action led to many negative responses from many in the cricketing world.
Retirement from Cricket
The former cricket player Marlon Samuels, a West Indies batsman, announced his cricket retirement on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
Samuels had mentioned his team, West Indies, about his retirement in June, and the last match he played was against Bangladesh in 2018.
Marlon participated in the perfume world by launching his first fragrance, Sextillion, in 2012. However, the Jamaican player received a lot of criticism for the poor quality.
He played a huge role in supporting blind charities in the Caribbean through the Marlon Samuels Foundation and wishes to fight breast Cancer.
Samuels is more inclined toward the music industry, as he has released songs on his Youtube channel.
Marlon Samuels | Net Worth
Samuels’s net worth is estimated to be US$ 7 million, approximately Rs 52 crore. His net worth comprises the income he received from Cricket West Indies.
Additionally, he generated his net worth through endorsement deals from renowned brands like C-A Sports. Marlon lives in a mansion based in his hometown, Kingston, Jamaica.
Social Media Presence:
Samuels is quite active on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. He has a roaring amount of followers, and one can follow him to learn about his lifestyle and events on social media.
Instagram: 126k Followers
Twitter: 23k Followers
Is Marlon Samuels married?
Sadly, the former player’s marital status is unknown; however, many believe he is unmarried.
Despite not being married, Samuel is blessed with two children. He has a young son named Dimitri Samuels and a beautiful daughter named Dijona Samuels.
What happened to Marlon Samuels?
The West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has officially retired from professional cricket. He had a record of being top-scored in both of the World T20 finals victories.
Why was Marlon Samuels banned?
In 2008, Marlon Samuels was banned for two years after being found guilty following a probe into allegations of links with an illegal bookmaker.
He was caught sharing team information in exchange for money with a bookie before the first ODI against India in Nagpur on January 21, 2007.