Chennai, Apr 20: Pune Warriors' offspinner Marlon Samuels has hit back at his crictics for questioning his bowling action and has called them “evil”.
“Those who are questioning my action are evil. They are doing all these because they can't play my bowling. If I was hit into the galleries, my action would never have been questioned,” the West Indies' player told The Times of India.
Samuels was reported for a suspect action by the umpires after Pune's match against Chennai Super Kings in Pune on April 14.
On-field umpires Aleem Dar of Pakistan and Australia's Bruce Oxenford along with third umpire Vineet Kulkarni had reported about Samuels' action.
When asked bout his faster ball, which was the talking point of his action, he defended it and added he is not bother about what people say.
“I know. I have worked very hard on my bowling. Slow bowlers these days need to have variations and the faster ball, which goes at 120 plus, is surely a great weapon to have. It's like Saeed Ajmal, and now Sunil Narine, having the teesra. People can continue what they want to say, it doesn't bother me,” the 31-year-old said.
Pune captain Sourav Ganguly had defended Samuels.
"I don't know what different did Marlon bowl in the fourth game. He has been bowling for West Indies for the last three years and bowled in three games of this IPL. He has not been warned. I don't know what different did he bowl in the fourth game to get the warning,"
"The problem is they have not been able to hit Marlon into the stands. "Whoever has taken the decision should be very very careful as there are few worse actions around this IPL," Ganguly added.