Marlon Samuels is best remembered for hammering Ben Stokes in the World T20 final against England in 2016. West Indies won the title after Stokes was hit for four consecutive sixes in four balls in the final over of the game by Carlos Braithwaite. Since then, Stokes has come a long way in international cricket but that day still haunts him. Another thing that haunts him in recent times is the quarantine periods before every series.
Talking to Test Match Special, Stokes revealed how tough it is for players to go into a quarantine period and come out of it. He spoke about how tough it is adjusting to the various hotels many of which are, unfortunately, under par.
Speaking on the Test Match Special Podcast, Stokes stated, “You get off the plane, get your bag, walk out and get told what hotel to go to. There’s no choice, it’s pot luck whether you get a good hotel or not. The government have chosen certain hotels to be the quarantine hotels.”
In the same podcast, Stokes added that he would not wish the same ever for his enemy. He said that when his brother asked him who his biggest enemy was, he jokingly took the name of Marlon Samuels.
Ben Stokes wouldn't wish 14 days of quarantine upon anyone – not even Marlon Samuels. pic.twitter.com/pCIrzXCMev
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 26, 2020
“I posted a few Instagram stories and some of the England boys were messaging me asking what it’s like and I was saying it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy,” he said.
“I text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked: ‘You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels?’ I said ‘no, it’s that bad’ – that’s how tough it was.” the all-rounder concluded.
Marlon Samuels Targets Ben Stokes
However, Samuels did not take the joke lightly and launched a verbal assault on Stokes.
The tension between Stokes and West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels began way back in 2015 when Samuels gave a salute send-off to Stokes after taking his wicket in a test match.