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Ben Stokes criticises Marlon Samuels reaction to World T20 win

Ben Stokes criticises Marlon Samuels reaction to World T20 win
Marlon Samuels (right) was fined by ICC for involving in an on-field altercation with Ben Stokes (left) in the final.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes criticised West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels for his celebrations after winning the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year.

Chasing a target of 156 runs, West Indies needed 27 from the last two overs for a win and Chris Jordan conceded only eight runs in the 19th, leaving Stokes to defend 19 runs from the final over.

However, Carlos Brathwaite smashed stokes for four consecutive sixes as West Indies sealed a dramatic victory to win their second World T20 title.

Samuels played a crucial role in the victory as he scored an unbeaten 85 from 66 balls, securing the man of the match award in the final.

The 35-year-old, who raced off the field after the victory, celebrating with his teammates was fined 30 percent of his match fee for using abusive language against Stokes in the final over.

Though he praised Samuels for his innings in the World T20 final, Stokes feels that the right-hander did not play in the right spirit and was not gracious in victory.

“I knew you had to let the winning team have 10 minutes to celebrate winning the World Cup,” Stokes was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“At the same time, you have also got to play the game in the right way when it’s finished.

“A few of those West Indies guys didn’t do that – Marlon being one of them, which was unfortunate.

“He won’t be on my Christmas card list or anything else really.

“People have battles on the field but also you have to respect people who do well and he played a brilliant innings, he played a massive hand in winning them the World Cup.

“You have to say, ‘he got the better of us and of me that day’.

“But there’s a fine line between having a battle and not being gracious in victory.”

During the Test series in the West Indies last year, Samuels gave Stokes a send-off after a bit of an on-field altercation which drew the attention of the umpires.

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