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Mature Liton eyes consistency

  • Published at 09:09 pm January 11th, 2020
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Rajshahi Royals’ Liton Das plays a shot during their BBPL match against Chattogram Challengers in Mirpur Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Liton is in good form in the Bangabandhu Premier League Twenty20 and has scored 422 runs in 12 innings, so far, at an average of 38.36 and strike rate of 139.73

Rajshahi Royals opener and wicket-keeper Liton Kumar Das has said he is more mature as a batsman now, and changes to his batting technique and personal life helped his improvement.

Liton is in good form in the Bangabandhu Premier League Twenty20 and has scored 422 runs in 12 innings, so far, at an average of 38.36 and strike rate of 139.73.

The wicketkeeper-batsman played a match winning innings against Chottogram Challengers in his side’s final league stage match, scoring 75 off 48 deliveries with 11 boundaries and one six.

When asked about the reasons behind his success during the post-match press conference in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Saturday, man-of-the-match Liton said: “I always practice in the same manner. Sometimes it works, sometime it does not. Maybe this time it is working. Another reason is I am a more mature player now. 

“In previous seasons of the BPL, I always tried to play attacking shots. In this BPL, I have reduced some of my aggression as a batsman. Now I am being more selective with my shots. Getting married recently also helped me become more mature both on and off the field,” he added. 

“There has been a slight change to my footwork when batting. I have worked with Neil McKenzie [the national team batting coach] for a long time. Also, my head position is now straighter. After consulting with him, I have made these changes,” Liton further said. 

Liton also believes there is always room for to improvement, and he is looking to continue his good form with the bat in the remaining matches of the tournament. 

“There is no limit to improvement.  If I score 100 today, then I have to think how I can score 120 or more in the next game. When everything is going good in cricket, overconfidence can build up. After a good start in this season, I was probably facing such a thing. Later, I concentrated on getting back in focus and thus I am getting runs again. Now, my aim is to perform well in the knockout stage,” the 25-year old concluded.