POST TIME: 6 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Can Liton solve batting opening woes!
Sports Reporter

Can Liton solve batting opening woes!

Bangladesh opening batsman Liton Das bats at the nets during a practice session at BCB Academy ground in the capital yesterday. BCB PHOTO

As Liton Das is all set to open with Tamim Iqbal in the upcoming Asia Cup, the question that came to the fore that whether he could seize the opportunity to solve Bangladesh’s opening woes, a problem that is such grave that at least seven openers earlier couldn’t give any solution.

Liton who earlier batted in No. 3 and 4 position in his 10 ODIs, last of which he played in 2017, will be the latest in the team management’s desperate search for Tamim Iqbal’s partner. Liton though didn’t feature regularly in ODI cricket, he in the meantime was in zone, playing some Test and T20 matches and a good show in those two formats give the management a belief that he could be tried as Tamim’s partner.

The latest of Tamim’s opening partner was Anamul Haque Bijoy who was big disappointment in the series against West Indies. Earlier Soumya Sarkar gave an impression that he could be the permanent solution in accompanying Tamim in the opening slot but his performance took such a nosedive that he still couldn’t recover from it.

Confidence oozes from Liton as he looks to cement his place by showing some strong performance in the Asia Cup, scheduled to be played in UAE from September 15 and thereby relieved the team management who is looking for a stable team combination ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England.

“This is actually a good opportunity. I have been out of the ODI team for a long time and If I get a chance then I will try to do well,'' Liton told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday.

“Being regular in the team means something different but nothing can be better that performing well. We have two matches in the Asia Cup ahead of us and they are very important."

After the failure of Anamul in the ODI series, Soumya had the chance to bring back his place in ODI by showing good performance in T20 series against West Indies but he repeated failure opened the door for Liton who fired a 31-ball 62 to help Bangladesh clinch the series by 19 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method in Lauderhill.

Whether trying to play this over-aggressive brand of cricket suits his style is yet to be determined, but according to Liton he is ready to continue playing attacking brand of cricket as that is the way he prefers to bat and not because he is trying to cover for the slow start from the other end.

“Besides staying at the crease, you have to score runs as well. And if you want to score runs, you'll have to play some shots. Different types of batsmen play differently I like to play aggressively and I will continue this way,” he said.

Liton however has the bad reputation to waste his start after doing all hard work but it's high time for him to shed the self doubt and translate his potential into performances in the middle.

"Only one ball is enough to get out and I'm working on perfecting my shots,” said Liton, adding candidly that he is yet to reach a stage where he can consistently translate his starts into a substantial score.

“The big cricketers play big innings if they can start well. I haven't become a big cricketer yet, maybe that's the reason I am not being able to play big innings. I am trying to do something good, so that I can make my innings bigger,” he said.