Da Silva says his game "has come a long way" but he is only getting started

By February 22, 2021

He has only played three Test matches for the West Indies but wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Da Silva believes he has made great strides in his development as a batsman since he made his debut in New Zealand in December 2020.

The 22-year-old Trinidadian has so far scored 234 runs at an average of 39 in his fledgeling career, and in all three matches he stepped in to play significant knocks for the West Indies, none perhaps more important than his Test-best of 92 that he scored in the recent second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka that helped the West Indies to a hard-fought 17-run win.

In the wake of his recent performances that resulted in wins for his team, Da Silva thinks the experiences have helped him grow as a player.

“My game has come a long way. There’s definitely still a lot to be done but I am happy with the improvements made so far and learning to adjust to different conditions,” he told Sportsmax.TV, highlighting that much of his recent learning came while playing against Bangladesh.

“I have definitely improved my patience and discipline at the crease.  This allowed me to bat a lot more balls in Bangladesh and not get caught up in how many runs I had scored,” he continued conceding that “I need to improve my fitness in order to make concentrating for longer periods easier.”

His performances to date have had cricket writers characterizing him as the glue that is holding the West Indies middle-order together. He said he doesn’t pay much attention to those characterizations.

“I don’t think much of it. I’m just doing my job,” he said.

 “When given the opportunity, I try to make the best of it, by batting to the situation and putting runs on the board.”

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