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Liton enjoying competition among openers

  • Published at 09:07 pm December 6th, 2018

The right-handed batsman is happy of the positive competition between the openers and if given an opportunity he will try to do his best for the team

Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das is under stiff competition to retain his place in the Bangladesh side for the forthcoming ODI series but he is enjoying the competition with his team-mates. 

Liton is one of the four opening batsmen named in the squad for the three-match ODI series at home against West Indies. With prominent opener Tamim Iqbal recovering from injury and returning to the fold the competition the centurion of the Asia Cup final vie with Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes to retain his place in the playing eleven. 

Tamim showed his class in the lone one-day practice match against Windies with a sizzling 73-ball 107 and at no point it seemed that the left-handed batsman played his first game since September this year. And along with Tamim,  Soumya also looked to be in nice touch making unbeaten 103 off 83 balls. 

Considering the last five ODI between three opening options alongside Tamim, left-handed Imrul  has the best record. Imrul in his last five ODI appearances have registered two centuries and a half-century scoring 144, 90 and 115 runs, all against Zimbabwe in the home series last month. 

With a hundred and a fifty in last five innings Liton is in the second position of the list having scored 121 against India in the Asia Cup in September and an 83 against Zimbabwe at home.

Soumya in his last five innings have a century, making 117 runs scored against Zimbabwe in the third ODI at Chittagong to seal the series 3-0 for Bangladesh. But Soumya made his claim stronger with the ton at BKSP on Thursday. 

Liton in the sidelines of national team practice session at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday said he is not worried of the competition. The right-handed batsman however is happy of the positive race between the openers and if given an opportunity he will try to make his best for the team.

“It is a very positive thing for the team and challenging for us (the openers). There are four openers in the team and all of them are performing. This puts a good picture and ignites a challenge that you have to perform to survive,” said Liton to the media.

“I am not sure if I will play or not. The decision totally depends on the team management. My job is to give my hundred percent in the field and I will try to do that,” the Bangladesh batsman added.

When asked if he will be able to bat at any position for the team and by doing so secure a spot in the side, Liton said, “It depends on the team management. But my liking is to open with the bat as I have always played at that position and is more comfortable in the position."

Having come from the Test series, Liton informed he is working to adjust the pace of ODI cricket. Liton played the second Test against Windies and scored 54 runs as Bangladesh batted only once before pulling up a record victory by an innings and 184 runs.