Liton Das is glad after changing his batting method in the Test format

Liton Das is to not look at the numbers

Liton Das feels he’s gaining benefits after adopting a different approach to preparation while Bangladesh was in all trouble as Rajitha and Fernando devastated their top-order but Liton and Mushfiqur saved their side by playing a sensible inning.

Liton Das feels he’s gaining benefits after adopting a different approach to preparation. He has slammed 1100 runs in 13 matches at an average of 52.38. After his 88 opening test against Sri Lanka, he followed it up with 141 in the second to help Bangladesh recover from 24 for 5.

Bangladesh was in all trouble after opting to bat first as Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando devastated their top order. Then Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim saved their side by playing a sensible inning and posting a competitive score of 365. The trick for Das, for now, is to not look at the numbers.

“When I used to see (my statistics), I saw that I was on the backfoot. There was a challenge to move forward. I no longer see (my statistics) because I am more focused on going ahead. I don’t know how far I can go,”

he said. 

“I have changed my training method. I think it is best left untold. It stays in the back of my mind that my team wants me to play a big inning. It helps me know that the team depends on me.”

Liton also acknowledged the efforts put in by former South Africa batter – Ashwell Prince – in helping him improve as a Test player. 

“I know now the pattern of Test cricket, how long I should bat to get big runs. What he (Ashwell) explained to me, really helped me. I still follow those words,”

Das revealed.

“Where did I score my runs this year? Opportunities will come. When the senior players will not play, I will get my chance (to bat higher in the order). I don’t see how I can bat up (now) and I am fine with where I am.

“Criticism is inevitable. People will praise you when you do well, they will criticize you when you don’t do well. It is the same thing. They want me to perform, so these things no longer bother me. I am focused on my job, on my training. I am trying to keep myself well. If I don’t try hard enough, I feel bad. I am just doing my job, the result is up to fate.”

Sri Lankan pace bowler Kasun Rajitha is glad that he is getting his rhythm back following a long lay-off due to injury.

“It was quite a difficult time (rehabilitation time) to be honest but I always wanted to make a comeback and worked hard (in the High-Performance Centre) to make sure that when my time comes I can prove my worth,”

Rajitha told Cricbuzz after the day’s play.

“I did a lot of practice and rehab with the physios and trainers. I had a lot of injuries in the past. I did a lot of rehab in the past 18 months. I think that’s the reason I am here, and performing well,”

he told reporters at the end of the second day.

“I played in domestic matches before this tour. I did well there, which gave me confidence. I am very happy about my personal best. I think I did my basics. I hit the line and length in both matches.

Speaking about the pitch, Rajitha said:

“Chittagong wicket was a bit hard. Dhaka was a bit soft. It is a bit slow. But there’s some movement in Dhaka. It is good for the pacers.”