Marlon Samuels toasts his Kochi ton, says he is hungry for runs in India

Dwayne Bravo’s experiment to open the West Indies innings in Kochi may have backfired, but the Caribbeans, very much written off by the pundits before the series started, have begun in right earnest. Marlon Samuels is a man on a mission. He made a comeback to the West Indian ODI team and vindicated the selectors’ faith with a match-winning 126 not out in Kochi on Wednesday.

Exactly 12 years ago, Samuels scored his first century against India. He had scored 108 not out at Vijayawada on November 24, 2002. More recently, Samuels had scored 126 against Bangladesh at Dhaka on December 5, 2012. But the Kochi century has been extra special.

“I have played a lot of match-winning innings and I feel very honoured for those times. I don’t count hundreds that do not lead to a winning result for the team. Tonight, scoring a hundred and winning the game for my side is a massive thing for me,” Samuels told India lost by 124 runs.