Marlon Samuels set to play 200th ODI

Windies skipper Jason Holder lauded Samuels’ contribution to West Indies cricket, and described the batsman as a fearsome competitor.

Marlon Samuels will make his 200th ODI appearance in Guwahati on Sunday.   -  AFP

On Sunday, the combative Marlon Samuels will make his 200th ODI appearance. Skipper Jason Holder lauded Samuels’ contribution to West Indies cricket, and described the batsman as a fearsome competitor.

“Marlon has been around for a while. He has carried the West Indies batting for many years, along with guys like Chris Gayle. He has been one of our best batsmen in ODI cricket, and that’s the reason why he has played for so many years. Marlon certainly tries to make the younger West Indies players understand what it takes to be successful at the international level,” Holder said here on Saturday, adding, “Marlon thrives on competition. He likes it when someone gets in his face. He is one of the most competitive players I’ve ever come across.”

Holder once again tackles a familiar issue with Caribbean cricket – the absence of key players, primarily due to off-the-field happenings.

”We are in a transitional phase. Obviously, we have been plagued by off-the-field issues, which has prevented certain people from playing in this series. At the end of the day, me and the rest of the players here are proud to represent the West Indies,” Holder said.