`Nervous laddie` Stokes advises Samuels to be gracious in victory

London : England all-rounder Ben Stokes has advised West Indies veteran batsman Marlon Samuels to be gracious while celebrating victory.

An already strained relationship between both the players had frayed further when Samuels sledged the Englishman during the West Indies’ stunning victory in the World Twenty20 final in Kolkata earlier this month.

Samuels, who smashed a match-winning 85 not out, was later fined for using abusive and offensive language directed at Stokes after teammate Carlos Braithwaite hit the bowler for four successive sixes in the final over to seal the dramatic victory.

Later in a post-match press conference, the West Indian described Stokes as a ‘nervous laddie’ who ‘never learns’ while pointing out that he thrived on the needling made by the Briton earlier in the match.

While maintaining that they respect the West Indies for outplaying them in the game, Stokes insisted that there exists a fine line between having a battle and not being gracious in victory, the Mirror reported.

The duo have been at loggerheads since last year when Samuels gave Stokes an infamous send-off after the all-rounder was dismissed in Grenada Test. (ANI)