Danza Hyatt - controlling what he can
Danza Hyatt’s status message on his Blackberry Messenger is “I stop worrying about what I can’t control.”
On Saturday evening with the West Indies A struggling badly at 39 for 5 chasing 118 to win Hyatt was at the wheel. He was in a position to control the situation and how he approached the task was a demonstration that left even the most seasoned cricket watchers noting that it cannot be too long before he is elevated to the next level.
On the previous night Hyatt had top scored for the Windies A with 39 but got out with his team short of the target and the match ended up a tie.
“My goal now in my career is to bring the team across the line and make that into a habit. I have been known to score runs but get out at crucial stages and it hurts the team and now I want to ensure that I win games for my team,” said Hyatt as he reflected on his performances during the two Digicel Twenty20s against Pakistan A at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
“When I was younger I used to worry about the end result, about whether I will score runs but now I focus on preparation and doing the basics right, that is what I can control, that is what I worry about,” Hyatt explained.
“Now when I go out to bat I try my best to play the ball down the ground, build an innings and take it from there in finishing the games for my team,” Hyatt said.
The middleweight sized Jamaican is not a stylist. He bats more like an ox ploughing a field under a steaming Tuesday non sun than a swan gliding across a lake on a cool Sunday afternoon. His batting is more of a raw combination of power and determination, not grace to make your heart skip and promise to make you yearn for more.
On Saturday evening, as he had done on several occasions before for Jamaica, Hyatt showed that while his bat may not always move like a silken wand it gets the job done – an asset which can see him to being pitchforked onto the international scene as the West Indies selectors continue to search for men of substance and commitment.
In the past two years he has commanded a place in a Jamaican batting line up cluttered with stars. Hyatt has done so on the basis of nothing but runs. He has made it impossible for the Jamaican selectors to ignore him.
“The toughest challenge I have faced in my career so far is making the Jamaican team, it is a lot of pressure but that I have been able to get into the team and keep my place means that I am doing something right and I think that is that I am scoring runs,” Hyatt reasoned.
And though Hyatt is quick to point out that he is disappointed about his performances in the recently concluded WICB Regional Twenty20 Tournament he has been a leading run scorer for Jamaica in recent years.
In the 2008 Stanford 20/20 semi final against Guyana, Chris Gayle, Shawn Findlay, Wavell Hinds, Marlon Samuels, Xavier Marshall, Carlton Baugh and David Bernard – all of whom played for the West Indies – made a total of 68 runs. Hyatt – the only man in the entire team not to have played for the Windies senior team – made 59 out of a total of 143.
In the Caribbean Twenty20 semi final against Barbados, Jamaica made 153. Hyatt made 89. No other batsman made more than 16.
Hyatt thinks his improved work ethic has been bearing fruits.
“My work ethic over the past few years has improved and I learnt a lot about my game, what my strong points are and where I need to improve,” Hyatt revealed.
“I got an opportunity for the West Indies A and I tried to make the best of it. It was my first call up to any West Indies team so I wanted to leave a mark to ensure that I did not waste the chance given to me,” Hyatt said.
In other words he’s keen on taking control where he can and not worrying about the things he cannot control.
The Digicel Series - West Indies A v Pakistan A - continues with three Digicel One Day matches in Grenada tomorrow Tuesday November 9th, Thursday November 11th and Sunday November 14th.