Kingston: West Indies' batsman Marlon Samuels, who smashed his maiden Test and One- day International centuries on the recent tour of India and Bangladesh, pledged on Thursday to help add the World Cup to his portfolio of triumphs. The 21-year-old emerged from the gruelling journey as one of the West Indies' brightest prospects and will hope to play a major role in South Africa in February and March next year when his country tries to put an end to its 23-year wait for a third win in the competition. "The World Cup is where I am going to stamp my class," the right-handed middle-order batsman told the West Indies official website.
Samuels hit first Test hundred when he made 104 in the drawn third Test against India in Kolkata in November to illustrate the ability that has been lauded in the Caribbean for so long. "It's a wonderful feeling to score a Test century. I always dreamt about that moment and I was happy when it arrived," said Samuels who then added his first One-day International ton against India in the seventh One-dayer of a series which the Windies won 4-3. The West Indies won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 but have drawn a blank ever since.