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Change in batting practice, thought process work wonders for Liton

  • Published at 07:20 pm June 3rd, 2020
Bangladesh's Liton Das launches himself Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The stylish right-handed batsman appeared in a live show on social media operated by Dhaka Tribune, titled "DT Locker Room", Tuesday night

Bangladesh opener Liton Kumar Das has admitted that change in his batting practice procedure and thought process with regards to the game have helped him to become a better player in recent times. 

The stylish right-handed batsman appeared in a live show on social media operated by Dhaka Tribune, titled "DT Locker Room", Tuesday night.  

In the episode, while sharing many things Liton explained how his personal life also helped him to become a better player in the field, alongside some help from the coaching staffs of the national team.

“Actually I changed my total practice methods recently. Early in my career I played like however I wanted to play. But in the last one or one and a half years, I changed my process. There is a saying - a player becomes mature with age. In the last couple of years I am trying to understand about cricket, how I should play my game,” Liton said to Dhaka Tribune.  

“Other things also helped me to become more mature. Like after marriage I believe I have become more mature as a person. Like in real life or in marital life, sometimes you have to be calm and wise as not every situation will happen in my own way. Similarly in a game, sometimes there might be some situations when everything will not go my way, then I have to be calm and composed.

“So all these things are helping me to become a better player day by day. Once I thought the game is all about hitting boundaries, scoring fours and sixes. But now I am realizing that it’s not only about four, six.

“Also, all our coaching staffs have helped me, how I can improve as a batsman. Overall these things are helping me to become a better player.”

Liton also shared his World Cup debut memory against the West Indies in Taunton on June 17, 2019.

Liton scored 94 off just 69 deliveries and formed an unbeaten 189-run partnership with Shakib al Hasan (124 not out) where Bangladesh pulled off a record chase (322) within 42 overs.

“Experience in World Cup debut match was great. I played only one match in Ireland. And in the World Cup I got chance against the West Indies. Obviously I was nervous early. But Shakib bhai helped me a lot in that innings," said the 25-year old.

“From the non-strikers end, I saw him bat superbly and score runs all over the park, it gave me confidence. I remember Tamim [Iqbal] bhai and Soumya [Soumya] bhai gave us a good start.

“Later when I joined Shakib bhai in the crease, he just told me to attack initially, and advised me to take singles early. The way Shakib bhai was batting, it was much relaxing for me. In the end I scored an unbeaten 92 and it was a great experience for me.”

Liton also shared his thoughts about that epic 121-run innings against India in the Asia Cup final in 2018 where Bangladesh lost in the last ball of the game while defending 222.  

“I can remember I was so nervous in that final against India. I played five games in that tournament and could not score big runs, against Afghanistan I probably scored 46 but that was not a big innings. And we openers were not able to give good start to the team," said the wicketkeeper-batsman.

“So naturally I was under pressure. One thing is when bad patch comes for a batsman, then excess thinking can’t help you to get rid of it.  Many good players have advised me not to think too much in such situation because it does not help.

“I think that was my day and it was a God-gifted day. I was timing the ball well, striking the ball in gaps. It was a great feeling to score my first century in such a big final against a strong opponent. But in the end the feeling was mixed, as we lost the match after getting so close to winning it,” Liton concluded.
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