Brian Lara, the man dubbed the Prince of Port Of Spain, and one of the greatest batsmen to trod this earth has applauded his fellow countryman West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua da Silva for his marvelous effort in helping the West Indies to win the recent Test series 1-nil against England.
In a marathon innings lasting 257 balls, the 23-year-old da Silva scored 100 not out as the West Indies chasing England’s first innings score of 204, made 297 all out in the third and final Apex test in Grenada.
He was the sheet anchor in key partnerships of 33 with Kyle Mayers, 49 with Alzarri Joseph, 68 with Kemar Roach, and 52 with Jayden Seales to help the West Indies recover from a precarious 95-6 into a position of ascendancy.
Lara commended his compatriot for showing endurance and determination in getting the job done.
“The discipline and mental strength this young man showed was admirable. The partnerships with the lower order to get us into this winning position is what Test cricket is all about,” said Lara, who is currently in India as the batting coach for IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The man who scored a mammoth 11953 runs from 131 Tests for the West Indies also lavished praise for da Silva’s teammates as well.
“It will be remiss of me not to congratulate all the batters and bowlers that fought throughout the series culminating into this on the brink of a series win against England. I salute the captain for his tenacity throughout the series with the bat and his leadership,” said the proud West Indies icon.
“To all players and staff, I commend you and at the same time urge you to continue working on having the appetite to go out there on the battlefield for all five days of a Test match giving your all each and every single time you don the burgundy cap. At the end, you will lose some, draw some and win a lot more but more importantly; you will understand what Test cricket is all about.”
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